Today, Rowling is the well-known author of the best-selling Harry Potter series. But before Rowling started writing, she suffered from major depression. She told the British newspaper The Sunday Times that as a newly divorced mom in her twenties with an infant daughter, she was constantly afraid that her baby would die. She also started having suicidal thoughts.
Her regular doctor was away when Rowling sought help, and the doctor she saw brushed off her concerns. When her doctor returned and read through Rowling’s file, she called her in right away and recommended cognitive behavioral therapy, which proved successful in helping Rowling manage her depression symptoms.