Why Simon Cowell tried therapy after years of depression

Simon Cowell’s Journey with Therapy

Simon Cowell struggled with the idea of therapy, but it ultimately had a “super positive effect” on his struggles with depression. In an episode of the Mirror’s “Men in Mind” podcast, Cowell shared his experience of seeking therapy.

The Initial Hesitation

Cowell, 63, confessed that he initially felt embarrassed and unsure where to start when he made his therapy appointment. However, he soon realized the importance of training his mind to view therapy as a regular routine, just like going to the gym.

The Breakthrough

Within minutes of meeting his therapist, Cowell felt a deep connection, as if they had known each other for years. He emphasized the non-judgmental nature of therapy, and how professionals provide a listening ear without criticizing.

Overcoming Stigma

As a person who believed in stereotypes like “don’t cry, be a man,” Cowell initially associated therapy only with individuals who had gone through severe traumas. However, he quickly understood that seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of. Sometimes, everyone needs someone to talk to.

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The Pandemic’s Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic became a turning point for Cowell, intensifying his depression and filling him with fear of the virus. Witnessing friends falling ill during the pandemic heightened his anxiety even more. This fear became the catalyst for him to prioritize his mental health.

A New Perspective

After spending most of 2020 in quarantine, Cowell faced challenges in readjusting to the “real world.” However, meeting friends who had benefited from therapy opened his eyes to the importance of taking care of his mind. He began seeing a therapist to navigate the post-COVID world.

An Advocate for Therapy

Since experiencing the positive impact of therapy, Cowell has become an advocate for mental health and encourages others to seek help. He regrets not starting therapy earlier and acknowledges the weight that has been lifted off his shoulders. Despite not being an expert, he emphasizes the benefits of understanding and addressing mental health issues.