Richard Hammond unable to emotionally connect

Richard Hammond has confessed to losing the ability to "connect emotionally" after the crash that left him in a coma for two weeks in 2006

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Richard Hammond "lost the ability to connect emotionally" after his coma-inducing crash in 2006.

The 'Top Gear' presenter was filming an item at the wheel of a jet-powered dragster when tyre failure caused him to crash at 288 mph and he's now opened up about the recovery from his two-week-long coma.

He said: "For a time I lost the ability to connect emotionally. I began picking away at my own personality and that was very dizzying. I don't think I was very easy to work with for a good while, The team was very patient."

The 44-year-old star - who has daughters Izzy and Willow with wife Amanda - revealed the accident left him susceptible to "depression, obsession, compulsion and paranoia" and questioning whether it'd been his own fault.

He explained to Radio Times magazine: "I was difficult on shoots, losing my temper, feeling threatened by everything, very defensive. And I massively needed to know if the crash was my fault, because I'd risked the girls growing up without their dad.

"The telemetry showed I'd done everything right and it was an accident. But the girls still remember it very clearly."

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