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Kate went to therapy sessions with depressed brother James

Kate went to therapy sessions with depressed brother James”

Kate Middleton's brother has revealed he contemplated suicide after opening up about his battle with depression. Not necessarily at the same time, but either individually and [sometimes] together.

The actor and writer has always been open about his own struggles with bipolar disorder and has been prolific in raising awareness around mental health.

James spent nearly a year in cognitive behavioral therapy, which included attending sessions with his family, including sisters Kate and Pippa.

Kate Middleton's brother James is planning a low-key affair for his marriage to French fiancée Alizee Thevenet, with whom he announced his engagement on Monday.

The 32-year-old, who opened up about his disorders in a candid interview with the Daily Telegraph, addressed the "dark and miserable place" he found himself in and revealed the mother-of-three played a key role in his healing process.

"I didn't need my family to say, 'What can we do?' The only thing they could do was just come to some of the therapy sessions to start to understand", James said.

He told the Telegraph: 'The fact is, no matter what experience someone has, your family members are the hardest people [to talk to].

"I couldn't do anything. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't learn a e-book, I couldn't watch a movie, I couldn't eat". "If I ate something it just sat there", he explained.

Sister Pippa Matthews and other family also supported James.

"The way I was a couple of years ago was about as far the other end of the scale as it could be", he added.

James recently popped the question to girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet after having dated her for nearly a year and a half.

When asked at a psychiatric hospital if he was having suicidal thoughts, James said: "I remember thinking, 'I might have to answer this one truthfully, because I want them to help me.' So I said, 'Well, actually, yes, but I don't think I'll ever action it.' In my report it said I had suicidal thoughts but wasn't a threat to myself'".

James said therapy has taught him to manage his own expectations of himself and that he works as an ambassador for the charity Pets As Therapy to spread the message of how animals can help mental health.

James - who was 13 years old when sister Kate began dating Prince William - also spoke about the major depressive episode that culminated in him seeking help.

The NHS resource has been created to provide help, support and advice to people struggling with stress, depression, and more.



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