Boxer ‘beats’ bipolar disorder
Iconic boxer Frank Bruno has opened up about his efforts to rise above bipolar disorder, claiming that he has ‘never felt happier’.
The 56-year-old, who has been battling the mental health condition for many years, claims that a rigorous fitness regime, eating well and taking a positive approach to life has helped him to improve his mental health in previously unprecedented ways.
Back in 2003, the ex-heavyweight champion was sectioned under the Mental Health Act after his bipolar disorder became too much to handle.
Since then, the former boxing legend has been sectioned on another two separate occasions.
Mr Bruno’s mental health woes first emerged after a devastating split from his wife Laura, which saw him separated from his children, too.
“When I was married Laura provided a structure to my life and without her everything came tumbling down,” he recalls.
“[When she left] I was left alone in a big house and I felt increasingly depressed. I had retired from boxing so the pressure of being on my own and suddenly having to do everything myself gradually got on top of me.”
However, in recent years, the boxing legend has been determined to fight his demons – largely through intense exercise.
In 2015, he took part in the Great North Run and has since dedicated himself to a life of training hard and staying positive.
According to a report in The Mirror, the former boxer has been ‘free from medication’ for three years now and claims he has never felt better.
The star’s ex-wife, Rachel, said: “A few years ago, when it all looked a bit bleak, I didn’t think we’d be in this position. I never thought we’d regain our family like it is now. It’s so nice to have us all healthy.”