Comedian Paul Sinha ‘not battling depression’ after Parkinson’s diagnosis

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Author: Roisin McCormackPublished: 29 August 2019

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Paul Sinha, star of popular UK TV gameshow ‘The Chase’, has expressed anger on social media after headlines wrongly suggested he was “battling” depression after his recent Parkinson’s diagnosis  

UK TV favourite Paul Sinha has refuted claims that he is “battling” depression due to his Parkinson’s.

The Mirror, a UK tabloid newspaper, changed a headline suggesting Sinha was depressed after the popular comedian criticised the story on social media.

In a later tweet, Sinha – who was diagnosed this year at the age of 49 – said he didn’t want to be an excuse for “clickbait tabloid headlines”.

Parkinson’s community come out to support Sinha

Fans and people with Parkinson’s took to social media and praised Sinha, nicknamed ‘The Sinnerman’, after the misleading headline:

Others, like Twitter user Jonathan Moles, thanked him for openly sharing his Parkinson’s journey with the public:

While Twitter user Janet Handley branded the assumption of depression as “unfair”:

“I got lost in my happy place”

On Sinha’s personal blog, he openly discusses his struggles with his Parkinson’s.

In one post, entitled ‘Stokes’, he shares how apathy – a common Parkinson’s symptom – affects his enjoyment of sport.

The post reveals, however, that England’s historic cricketing victory against Australia last week allowed him to forget “my aches, pains, anxieties, weaknesses and limps and get lost in my happy place. I was unconditionally excited”.

In a previous post from early August, Sinha reflects on what had been “something of a shutdown” in the weeks following his diagnosis. He also comments on the lack of sensitivity from those in the media reporting on his Parkinson’s.

He says: “As for the media, some outlets have been better than others at giving me some space. All have promised to deal with it with ‘tact and sensitivity’, yet some of them can’t even deal with my agent with ‘tact and sensitivity’.

“Although I reserve my right to be choosy, I’m comfortable for the public to follow my fight. I’d like to be an unofficial mascot for Living Your Life.”

Paul Sinha declined to comment further when approached by Parkinson’s Life.

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