Former england batsman graeme Fowler said last Friday (27) that Twitter conversations had prompted him to write a book Absolutely Foxed, which chronicles his experience of depression.
“at the end of every sea son, i would lock myself in the house. i would get a huge pile of videos and watch films for the week,” Fowler admitted. “
i took that as recharging my batteries. Was that a precursor to mental health issues? i don’t really know.”
he added: “When i was depressed i was on Twitter, firing things into the dark. i got messages of support back. it was helping me and helping them. That’s how the book came about.”
Fowler’s interview came a day after england left- arm spinner Monty panesar said he had experienced paranoia and anxiety while suffering from mental health problems.
“i felt i had low self-es- teem and, especially when my confidence went low, i would get into a place of paranoia,” said panesar. “
i had anxiety and depression issues,” the 34- year-old, now an england’s professional Cricketers’ association (pCa) mental health ambassador, added.
panesar, who is trying to revive his career at northamptonshire, following spells with Sussex and essex, said medication had helped him greatly.
“i went on medication and it calmed a lot of things down in my mind. it took away the symptoms of being paranoid,” pane- sar explained.
Fowler, who made his name with his native lancashire, played 21 Tests for england from 1982-85.
as an opening batsman, he scored a Test hundred against the formidable West indies at lord’s in 1984 and a double century against india in Madras (now Chennai) a year later.
The 59-year-old Fowler, nicknamed ‘Foxy’, finished his first-class career with Durham. as news of his mental health problems spread within the cricket community, he received support from former teammates including england great ian Botham.
“ian Botham is the most generous man i’ve ever met,” said Fowler. “he doesn’t understand mental health issues, but he knew i needed something.” (AFP)