I don’t normally watch Piers Morgan’s interviews, I must admit, but on Saturday night I felt compelled to watch it because I knew that Peter Andre had suffered from Anxiety in his life, and being a Counsellor I wondered if her would ‘dare’ to talk about this.
I say ‘dare’ because these experiences and the feelings they provoke usually go un-discussed; hidden from view; lest they become and embarrassment for all involved.
But Peter, honest and forthright as he is, not only brought his experiences with depression into the forefront of the interview, but also did a pretty good job of explaining how they affect people on a day-to-day basis, as well as expressing his emotion about the affect on his family.
In this way, I feel that Peter Andre has done a great deal to bring the effects of Anxiety and Depression into the public consciousness, and this can only be a good thing.
Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression are all inter-related. You may experience one or all of these to greater or lesser extent at different times. They are usually brought on by a major life event or change; childbirth (Peter also described the post-natal depression of his then wife Katie Price), bereavement, accident, or trauma of some kind are all common examples. In these days of austerity, with people being made redundant across the land, it makes it no easier if you feel that you are left on the scrap heap, and major trauma can ensue, getting worse over time if it is left undiagnosed and untreated.
This is what Peter Andre described which he felt led to the period of anxiety in his life – a dip in his career and fear of failure. His approach to what he disclosed was not candid or flippant, as one might expect; he was honest and sincere in what he described- you don’t need to be a Counsellor or psychologist to feel that he is still emotionally affected now, as he recounts his experiences. Peter even admitted his thoughts of suicide – not as uncommon as you might think – when he reached rock bottom.
Peter also candidly described his experience of Psychiatric hospitals, again doing a service to al those who might feel that this is also the wrong environment for them, but who might otherwise go along with the treatment because they know no other way.
Peter eventually went to New York to get his treatment, without the knowledge of his family. Again the emotion was tangible as he recounted these times in his life.
Peter also admitted - bravely I feel – that panic attacks have never left him – he can never afford to get too ‘cocky’ and believe that they are banished forever – because they can sneak back at any time. He obviously has got them under control for the majority of situations, and it’s equally important for people to know that this is entirely possible.
Talking about his future, Peter also expressed his belief in positive visualisation to bring future plans into fruition. Perhaps techniques he learned during his treatment for Anxiety and Panic Attacks; perhaps something he does quite naturally. Either way, a very positive approach to ensure that his future remains bright.
If you or a member of your family is suffering from anxiety, depression or panic attacks for any reason it is important you get the help and support you need. You can move from a place of fear and anxiety to one of having a positive outlook, like Peter Andre and thousands like him. It may feel hopeless to you at present, but there is help out there for you. Peter’s honesty in his interview with Piers brings Anxiety, Depression and Panic Attacks into the open, making it that little bit easier for you to seek help, so give yourself a chance if you are in this position and seek help now.
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