Maverick Watts, a 46-year-old comedian, radio, and TV presenter spoke about his struggle with depression and anxiety and how he overcame that on Monday’s episode of SAS Australia.
The 46-year-old comedian revealed that he lost his confidence when he lost his radio career which happened almost 3 years ago.
‘For 20 years, I worked in radio, and I was phenomenally successful. I had a number one radio program, getting massive ratings, earning a lot of money. It was a really, really good time. And it ended,’ he reflected.
‘You do something like radio for 20 years nonstop. You get used to a certain way of doing things, and then when you’re out of it for a little while, it’s exciting and then it’s kind of cool and it’s a release.
But then all of a sudden, there was a period where I just didn’t have a lot of work. There was a moment there where I just went, “What’s next for me? Who am I? What am I going to do?”
‘I lost my self-confidence and I lost my strength and myself. That slowly started to manifest into anxiety and depression.’
‘It starts as a seed. These things don’t just become a tree. One thing becomes another becomes another becomes another. And if you let it grow too big, it’s too hard to chop down.’
He confessed that his struggle and fight for depression and anxiety was the main reason he said yes to the show.
‘I’m doing this course to completely change myself from what I was. Everybody knows me as just a happy-go-lucky kind of guy…’ he explained.
‘But I haven’t felt that way for a while. And I want to feel that way again.’
He decided to address his issues rather than waiting for the situation to go bad. He also said thar SAS Australia is exactly what he needed.
After being questioned about the condition, he said that he was trying to build himself.
He also admitted that,
‘I just got to a point before this came along where I lost some of my confidence, and for a comedian and for a performer, that is a big part of what I do and my identity,’.
He added: ‘I didn’t really… I didn’t see it or it wasn’t an event. I just started finding myself sleeping more, staying in late. I was lethargic and tired, and unmotivated and not committed to s**t because I didn’t feel 100 per cent.
‘And I don’t know why. I honestly don’t know where that happened or what that was… If I do something like this, I believe that I’ll be better to go back [to comedy] and put this same effort into it.
Maverick Watts told what he felt during these 3 long years.