Comedian Dave Hughes has revealed his battle with mental illness in his twenties which led him to believe he might be suffering schizophrenia.
A brave Dave Hughes has revealed how his mother helped him come to terms with mental illness as a young man, and has urged others in the same situation to seek help.
Speaking last night on the ABC’s Q&A, Hughes revealed he quit drinking and smoking cannabis at age 22 after suffering from depression.
He said he went to his mother when he was 21, and was having episodes at night that concerned him.
“I was drinking heavily and smoking marijuana and I went to my mother,” he said.
“I said, ‘Mum I think I have schizophrenia.'”
Hughes said his mother is a nurse and she took him to a doctor. There, the doctor advised him to stop smoking marijuana and to stop drinking.
“It took me courage to say to my Mum ‘I think I have an issue here’ and we went to the doctor together and I felt so much better just having told people about it and the road to recovery started then.”
Now Hughes doesn’t drink.
“I don’t drink at all. I think the toughest man at the pub is surrounded by a group of drinkers and says, ‘no, I’ll be right’,” he said.
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