I wanted to kill myself: J K Rowling

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London, Mar 23 (UNI) Harry Potter's author J K Rowling has revealed that she thought of killing herself while suffering from depression as a struggling single mother.

Rowling says she was prescribed cognitive behavioural therapy after suffering ''suicidal thoughts'' in the aftermath of separation from her first husband, Jorge Arantes, a Portuguese journalist.

''Mid-twenties life circumstances were poor and I really plummeted,'' the Sunday Times quoted her as saying.

''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, this can't be right, she cannot grow up with me in this state.'' While Rowling, 42, has spoken before of her battle with depression, it is the first time she has admitted that she contemplated suicide. She said she finally sought professional help.

Rowling, whose Harry Potter novels have sold more than 400m copies worldwide and spawned a seven billion pound industry, said she was happy to discuss her mental health problems to challenge the stigma associated with depressive illness.

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