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Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic… and the rest!

Me on camera…

A month ago I agreed to let two students interview me for a project about mental health. Really nice lads, they seemed to be genuinely interested about the complexities of anxiety.

I was shaking the whole time that this was filmed, but fortunately I don’t think you can tell!

Watch the video here

I’m not a natural on camera, as I speak very quickly. But I did my best and it was another useful ‘exposure’ exercise.

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12 replies

  1. Great job Claire! You explained anxiety so well. Both myself and my daughter have suffered panic attacks, and you described it perfectly. And you looked beautiful, and not nervous at all! πŸ™‚

  2. Thank you Claire, as ever…that was a brave and honest discussion. As an anxiety sufferer who is now ‘coming out’ and has even started therapy, I’m always inspired by your words. And, like I’ve said before, always good hearing it from a fellow Boltonian. πŸ˜‰

  3. Hmmmm. “I’m quite an introverted person”. Definitition of an introvert : a shy, reticent person. You are 1. A popular blogger, who helps hundreds if not thousands of people 2. A broadsheet published writer 3. Going to get married to someone who loves you despite what you may think are your weak points. 4. A youtuber (is that a verb or a noun, I think I’m too middle aged to know !)But my point is this….everyone who has this horrible illness does themselves a disservice . Someone gave me a great piece of advice the other week, which is when you go to bed, list 10 things in your head about yourself that you can be proud of. You may not get 10 the first time, but even one will do. We ALL have something to be proud of, we just need to recognise them.
    Right, I now feel like I’m on Oprah, so on that note, goodnight. Thanks again Claire. You are far from an introvert.

    • I’m trying to change that definition. I really take issue with it. I’m quiet not shy dammit and that’s ok!! 😦 I’m an introvert & proud!
      Thanks for this though Morgan, your words of wisdom are always right on the mark πŸ™‚

  4. This is a really excellent interview, Claire – no visible shakes at all and so clear and informative. Your description of an anxiety attack feeling as if you nearly fall down the stairs was so descriptive and memorable, I’m sure many people listening to that would suddenly realise exactly how it can feel. πŸ™‚

  5. Yes, most helpful and brave of you to put yourself out there; well done, it will help a lot of people. . I wonder if you see anxiety as something certain people ‘get’ , when infact it is a normal human emotion/reaction- you are right Claire it can’t be ‘cured’ in the same way anger can’t be cured. But when the flood gates open and it becomes difficult to manage, as you know. we can learn to deal with it, reduce it, manage it back to a ‘normal’ level (I’d love to know what normal is BTW…). The feeling feels out of control but infact we are not, Sitting in a room with someone in panic often goes unoticed by everyone except the poor person experiencing it! You didn’t look too nervous, quite the opposite:)
    Keep the blog going -I have assed some of your stuff onto patients of mine and it is great- hope you don’t mind.

    • Thank you for your insight Jooles. I always find it interesting to hear other peoples thoughts and opinions on mental health. I hope that your patients find my blog useful πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you for sharing Clair. You were amazing! I couldn’t tell you were nervous! Thank you again for this blog!

  7. You are so brave, really you are!! There were a few answers that felt like straight from my life and I can’t thank you enough for it. It is so freeing to have continuous reminders that I’m not alone and that somebody out there has experienced the same things.

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