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Award winning hairdresser, Trevor Sorbie tells how his dog helped him cope with depression

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Trevor Sorbie, the celebrity hairdresser, has suffered from depression for most of his life. His health and well-being has changed for the better since bringing a dog into his home.

By Dawn Parrish , 4 Mar 2019

Award winning hairdresser suffers from depression and anxieties

In a recent BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs, Trevor Sorbie recounted how he has suffered with depression and anxiety for many of his 69 years. He revealed that while working as a celebrity hairdresser, much of his private life was covered in the press and he was driven to despair at times. At one desperate, low point, he even considered taking his own life.

Trevor Sobie’s life changed when he got a little dog

After reading about the mental health benefits of owning a dog, many years ago, Trevor went out and bought a dog. He hoped it would help with his depression and anxieties. It appears that this dog has brought joy into his life, and helped enormously with both his physical and mental health. Trevor Sorbie mentioned to the presenter, Lauren Laverne, "I have to go out for an hour walking and I absolutely adore this little boy."

Mood boosting power of pets

Dogs have evolved to become tuned into humans’ emotions and behaviour. Many dogs not only understand our speech but also our tone of voice, gestures and language. When a loyal, friendly, family pet looks into our eyes, he can often gauge our emotional state and he often knows exactly what we are feeling and thinking. A brisk walk in the fresh air with a dog also clears our minds to remove negative thoughts.

Trevor Sorbie to retire from hair cutting business

The award winning hairdresser also stated that he will retire from the trade in a year, but has no plans to quit hairdressing totally. The creator of the famous “Wedge cut” will continue cutting wigs for people who have lost their hair.


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