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Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic… and the rest!

This Morning – the day after…

Yesterday I appeared on This Morning to talk about my book and my experiences with social anxiety. Was I nervous? Let’s just say that during the journey to ITV studios, I forced Dan to have a ridiculously in depth conversation about all the potential plot twists in Westworld. Literally EVERY single one. (It was 8:30am, but I needed distracting)!

Everyone there was super nice and made me feel as comfortable as possible. Although that still didn’t stop me from pacing the corridor 5 minutes before I had to go on and demanding a hug from one of the producers (she didn’t offer, I just flung myself at her).

However, I DID IT! You can watch the full interview here:

Holly and Philip were both lovely…. and OMG Holly is stunningly beautiful in the flesh.

Also, for a bit of behind the scenes action, feel free to watch my own video. This is unfortunately shot in portrait (oops) and is therefore rubbish. But in my defence my head wasn’t in ‘production mode’!

Thank you to everyone for all of your kind and supportive comments. I’ve read each one and they made me weepy. I love you all. xxxxxx

The book

You can now officially buy the book from all good bookshops, or online.







Categories: Anxiety

32 replies

  1. Really enjoyed watching u yesterday….when you suffer with anxiety you feel there’s such a big stigma attached and people won’t understand….the more people see people like you speaking out it can only be better for the rest of us. Thank you so much for sharing your story xx

  2. Whatever the internal collywobbles, you came across as composed and clear. Grand job! And, clearly, striking a chord with many viewers – the phone in was a heartbreaker. x

  3. You were fab. I have suffered in silence for 30 years with social anxiety and I have finally worked out what I have and saw my doctor 2 months ago. I will be buying your book for sure. Well done

  4. You did brilliantly especially with the phone in (I watched it late afternoon, guilty pleasure ha ha)

  5. You were fantastic, It really touched me because everything that you spoke about (how you struggled with anxiety and panic attacks) is exactly what i’m going through right now. My 1-1 counselling starts this friday and i have everything crossed that it helps me get control of my life again. I will also be buying your book it looks like it will be a huge help too

  6. I really don’t know how you did it but WELL DONE!! 👏🎉

    • Totally agree with you Lynne and all the other comments. Amazing to listen and identify with so much Claire said. I downloaded the book yesterday, can’t wait to start it and feel confident it will be a help. Awesome lady and so much respect for her.

  7. You were great well done x

  8. You gave me hope!!! I’m a sufferer myself but I have it under control, now I find myself watching my 11 year old suffering and waiting for some help ( been told it could take 16 weeks or more) heartbreaking 😥

  9. You were amazing. I have been suffering from GAD and panic for 24 years and was touched by your honesty. I have ordered your book and am looking forward to reading it. I am at the stage where I HAVE to sort it and am at the scary moment of having to try and push over the fear line!!! Great to have seen you on this morning and found this blog ☺

  10. absolutely brilliant, well done! book on my christmas list 🙂

  11. I saw this by accident as I never watch daytime TV, how glad am I that I saw it. Every word you spoke I can identify with, I actually thought I was going mad so the title of your book which I downloaded yesterday from Amazon has struck a chord with me. I’m 63 years old and never ever believed that I could suffer like this with such awful anxiety attacks and depression. I lost my husband of 43 years last year and I know this was the trigger. Thankyou for your honesty and empathy, I shall be following you closely as I feel I have a freind that “gets me “. Is there a group chat that you do ? Much love and thanks to you Claire.

  12. I think you’re so inspiring Claire! Can’t wait to read your book 🙂

  13. Well done!! You’re an inspiration and give me hope for my daughter x

  14. My 21 year old son has suffered with severe social anxiety and has been virtually housebound for three years. It had really helped me knowing that there are other people out there going through the same thing. As a single parent I have often not known where to turn and now I feel I have people I could maybe turn to for advice. Well done on a great interview, you are an inspiration xx

  15. I thought you were great. Well done.

  16. how did you do that ? I was panicking for you. THANK YOU for putting yourself out there. its very difficult to be honest in this society. I made the mistake of keep trying to cover it up self medicating etc. and being ashamed of how I felt which fed the anxiety over the years. keep up the good work you are doing and be assured you have a lot of support. x

  17. I related to so much of what you said. You’re amazing and inspirational for having the courage to go on live TV and talk about your anxiety. I will definitely be buying your book as well. It’s so nice to see an actual social anxiety sufferer writing a book on coping with it, rather than a psychologist/ psychiatrist who thinks they know it all but have no experience of living with the condition. Huge congrats, and keep up the blogging! 🙂

  18. Claire, you were astounding, and inspirational.

    It was only after you’d been off work fairly frequently that I discovered what you were going through, and it is a total tribute to your strength that I had no idea, and that you had the courage and brains to ask for help.

    I am amazed and horrified to learn that over 8 million people are suffering from anxiety issues in the UK, and if you’re able to help even a tiny proportion of those then the world will be a better place.

    I remember meeting your dad in 2012 and saying “If my Issy turns out half as well as your Claire I’ll be very proud.” That still stands, ten-fold, today.

    Love you, you brave girl.


  19. When I was young I had this feeling that there was something really wrong with me for years when i was about 8 I thought i had a brain tumour and I thought I would die my mom and dad thought I had an eating disorder because I used to just be sick all the time because of these horrible fellings I never wanted attention and hated going out, they was so worried I went to hospital loads and this was when I was about 4 years old it was so scary and really was so real for me but I know obviously I am going to be fine but it still is so bad I hate the feeling of it. About 4 months ago I read something and watched a few videos on anxiety and realised I was not ill it is an actual thing, I was so relived I was not mad but I then was worried how would I help it I always have negative thoughts but I just keep positive but it sometimes it is really had to I have had depressed thoughts aswell but not as often as I did when I was younger I never use to talk about it but it helps when u do i do feel a lot better now I have left school I put my self around positive and nice people now and feel a lot better I love being around my new friends they make me feel a lot better, would be good if u could reply.

  20. Claire, seeing how you’ve been able to recover from your anxiety has inspired me and made me realise that I am not the only one suffering and that there are others out there too. I have Chronic Generalised Anxiety Disorder and I can honestly say that I can’t remember a day where I’ve felt remotely “normal” or even relaxed because it’s constant. I always feel that it’s not right to have something like this and I bottle up everything to the point where I will eventually have a breakdown because I don’t want anyone to know the way my mind works, otherwise they may think I’m crazy! – There’s the nasty, niggly train of thought happening!

    Seeing you has made me realise that it’s OK to accept something like this and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I will definitely be following your blog! I’ve already used the distraction tool and it works like a charm! It’s so much better for tips to come from someone who knows what it feels like to be in a constant state of being anxious! I’m so glad I came across you! Thank you and well done for plucking up the courage to go on national TV!! Big step! 🙂

    • I totally understand where you are coming from, I too don’t want to be around people as I fear they will think I’m mad, which I what I feel most of the time and just can’t handle this anxiety, it’s totally taken my life over. I too saw Claire on Tuesday, she gave me hope. Good luck my freind and I wish you well with this horrible mess we find ourselves in.

    • Good to know there’s others out there who feel the way I do, it’s a cruel thing and takes over everything you do. Clare really touched me and made me feel like there is hope. I’m looking forward to reading her book and will be following the blog. Good luck to us all. We CAN do this ☺

  21. Thanks Claire you made me realise my own problems. 🙂

  22. Thankyou for doing all this, from the begining to now. Tears dripped continually cos no one has addressed this so publically and so honestly…

    • I totally agree with your comments Dorothy, I look forward to reading Claire’s book, her honesty touched me beyond belief as a sufferer my self. I wish you well Dorothy and everyone else that suffers. Fingers crossed xxx

      • chicos… no es por ser machista, pero esta chica puede escribir un tema para el equipo de cinco de verano del 98… me parece que para la sele tenia que ser un tipo… yo me inclino por la de ese querido oyente que tiro:”… por una ca;a#e&z8230;&#8221b… vamos argentina carajo, y aguante metro y medio….

  23. Hi Claire, I watched you on This Morning with my 19 year old daughter, she is struggling massively and I am going to buy your book as I think it will help her, she has suffered from severe anxiety for years and did have CBT with CAMHS and did get a little bette (she at least left the house) but she has spiralled down again and I don’t know what to do, it is heartbreaking to see my beautiful, clever, wonderful girl going through this & I just don’t know what to do, thank you so much for speaking out, you seem like a wonderful lady and I wish you all the very best with your book, with love Zoe xxxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

  24. I think you did amazing. i have been dealing with social anxiety but have only reached out and got help in the last month. I was signed of work and really couldn’t see a light at the end of all this. i honestly cant see me having a day where i don’t have an attack.listening to you and telling us all that it will get better, has given me some hope. I ordered your book straight away and it arrived today and already it has proved more helpful then i thought. I am so glad you went on TV and talked about this illness.you have helped me more then you know and not only me but you have also helped my family understand it all a bit more.


  25. I don’t even know you except through this blog and I filled up when you were speaking … how crazy is that! Well done. I wish you could have been around in the 1970s so I could have put a name to ‘the shakes’!!


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