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Campbell on his depression

New research in the New Scientist suggests that a bout of depression can make people become better able to cope with life's challenges.

Joining psychiatrist Dr Paul Keedwell in a discussion of the research, Tony Blair's former press secretary Alastair Campbell spoke about his own experience of depression.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Mr Campbell said it was the best thing that happened to him as "he sorted himself out after it" but that "it is a horrible, intense experience".


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