Howie Mandel has admitted he’s ‘teetering’ on the brink of depression after the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated his struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
The America’s Got Talent star, 65, has spoken openly about his struggles with OCD over the years and being a ‘world-renowned germaphobe,’ but he confessed the pandemic made life especially difficult.
‘People have jokingly said you’ve been planning for this. It’s a nightmare for me, it’s really hard,’ he told TMZ Live.
‘Honestly, I’m really down and teetering on depression right now as we speak. You see a high wire act on AGT, they maintain their balance and don’t fall, I feel that’s how I live,’ he bravely shared.
The TV personality also admitted to putting on a positive front and he is thankful for the ‘wonderful things’ he gets to do, but in terms of his health, he’s been struggling.
‘I have a smile and I get to do wonderful things and have an amazing life and amazing family, amazing support, medically, but I’m not going to lie to you, this is really crazy hard.’
The star’s issues are explored in his new documentary Howie Mandel: But Enough About Me, which he committed to before the global health crisis hit, however, filming following the pandemic was ‘really hard’ for him.
The Canadian comedian described the situation as ‘so freaky,’ as he’d turn up to work seeing ‘camera men in masked suits,’ resulting in his mental health being ‘on full display.’
Howie – who has three children with his wife Terry – admitted he only sought help for his struggles after an ultimatum from his wife.
Terry, who married the entrepreneur in 1980, told him: ‘You either get help or you leave.’
However, the former Deal or No Deal host thinks the pandemic has had a positive side in that people are more willing to address their own issues and ask for help when they ‘would not normally.’
‘I believe the stigma or having a mental health issue or reaching out and asking for a coping skill has made its way to the forefront.’
Howie Mandel: But Enough About Me is streaming on Peacock.
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