Singer Shawn Colvin has kept a painful secret from her fans for years - she's battling a severe mental disorder.

The 48-year-old Grammy winner says she has been living with "severe anxiety" and "a feeling of utter hopelessness" since she was 18.

The single mother admits life was a living hell until she sought help for her depression and got the right medication.

She says, "The despair was overwhelming but once I found the right medication, the world was right again."

01/10/2004 09:30