Bill Oddie admitted to hospital for depression

Springwatch presenter Bill Oddie is being treated for depression at a specialist mental health hospital in London.

The Mirror reports that Bill, 67, has been admitted to London’s Capio Nightingale hospital, the same hospital Amy Winehouse was treated for drug addiction.

As well as treating clinical depression, the Nightingale specialises in treating eating disorders as well as providing rehab for drug users.

Bill’s agent David Foster said: “Bill gets these bouts every two or three years where he gets down for about two weeks and recovers. He sometimes goes into hospital or takes a break or has a change of scenery to recharge his batteries.”

Bill wrote about his lifelong battle with depression and his struggle to cope with being in the public eye in his autobiography, One Flew into the Cuckoo’s Egg, last year: “While I was writing this book, my brain stopped for a fourth time. I started waking up with those all too familiar feelings of anxiety. Not terrified, but nervous, slightly fearful.”

It was announced earlier this year that the onetime star of The Goodies would take a break from his Springwatch presenting duties for the next series. A BBC spokesman said: “We wish him a speedy recovery.”

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