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Trevor Sorbie: dog helped with my depression

The hairdresser was speaking to Lauren Laverne on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

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The 69-year-old plans to stop hairdressing in a year (Samantha Johnston/BBC)

The 69-year-old plans to stop hairdressing in a year (Samantha Johnston/BBC)

The 69-year-old plans to stop hairdressing in a year (Samantha Johnston/BBC)

Award-winning hairdresser Trevor Sorbie has told how owning a dog has helped with his depression.

The 69-year-old “little boy from Paisley” spoke of suffering with the condition as well as anxiety, throughout his life.

Speaking on Desert Island Discs, he recalled how kiss-and-tell coverage of him during the mid-2000s drove him to consider taking his life.

I read this article years ago and they said that anyone suffering with anxiety and depression, the best medicine is a dogTrevor Sorbie

But help has come from getting a pet, after reading in a magazine how making such a commitment could improve his mental health.

He told BBC Radio 4: “I have suffered from depression and anxiety.

“I read this article years ago and they said that anyone suffering with anxiety and depression, the best medicine is a dog.

“So I went and got a dog and you know what? It’s right. It’s so good for me, that little boy.

“I have to go out for an hour walking and I absolutely adore this little boy.”

Sorbie – who gained fame with the creation of the Wedge cut – said he will stop working in the trade in a year, but will continue to cut wigs for people who have lost their hair.

He added: “That’s my future, really – cutting wigs and taking my dog for a walk.”

The episode airs on Radio 4 on Sunday.

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