Depression: JK Rowling has reportedly admitted feeling suicidal after her first marriage ended
Best-selling children's author JK Rowling has revealed that she considered committing suicide when she was a single mother struggling to survive and succeed as a writer.
The Harry Potter writer has admitted she thought of taking her own life when she was in her mid-20s after separating from her first husband Jorge Arantes, a Portuguese journalist.
She received cognitive behavioural therapy after seeking medical help following the break-up.
The Edinburgh-based writer - who has amassed a personal fortune estimated at £545million - has previously discussed her experiences with depression during her twenties but never mentioned any suicidal urges.
The 42 year-old said it was the thought of her young daughter, Jessica, that spurred her to seek help.
Speaking to a student newspaper in Edinburgh Miss Rowling said: "Mid-twenties, my life circumstances were poor and I really plummeted. the thing that made me go for help was probably my daughter.
"She was something that earthed me, grounded me, and I thought, this isn't right, she cannot grow up with me in this state."
The writer claimed that she was "dismissed" by a stand-in doctor who was temporarily replacing her Edinburgh GP.
She recalled: "The doctor] said: 'If you ever feel a bit low, come back and speak to the practice nurse' and dismissed me.
"We're talking suicidal thoughts here; we're not talking 'I'm a bit miserable'."
It was the dedication of her usual GP that saved her, Miss Rowling said.
She added: "Two weeks later I had a call from my regular GP who looked back over the notes. She called me back in . She saved me because I don't think I would have had the guts to go twice."
After returning to her GP Miss Rowling attended therapy sessions with a counsellor for nine months.
She said: "I definitely had leanings towards depression from a quite an early age but it's an extremely hard condition to recognise in yourself."
She added: "The funny thing is I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. I think I'm abnormally shameless on that account, because what's to be ashamed of?"
Miss Rowling is now one of the world's most successful authors who has had her seven Harry Potter novels translated into 65 languages.
She is now a mother of three after marrying Dr Neil Murray, 36, in 2001. The couple have a son, David, 5, and a daughter, Mackenzie, 2.
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A spokesman for mental health charity Mind said: "It's great that JK Rowling is discussing this.
"Speaking about counselling and other talking treatments is also important. Medication should not be the first port of call in most cases."