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Peter Andre's Description Of Anxiety And Depression Helps Everyone
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Peter Andre\'s Description Of Anxiety And Depression Helps Everyone

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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Hi I agree that access to treatment in the UK is not good and I think that you are right: I believe the best treatment is what is paid for privately, unfortunately, but that has nothing to do with Peter. However, I think that this is why Peter sharing his experiences is so important - because there will be people out there trying to 'play down' their own issues because of lack of treatment, and this is never a useful thing in the long run. For the record, from how he described them, I don't think that Peter's experiences are any different from anyone else's - both having had anxiety and panic attacks myself and from my experience now as a Counsellor, helping people because of my own experiences. Anxiety and depression are no different for people with or without money - the problems may be different, but the affect on the person and their family are the same. Thanks for reading and responding to my article though, I really appreciate it.

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  about 2 years ago
BIS_Coach  

Hi Michelle. I think we probably have slightly different view points. I agree with you that money makes no difference to the awful crippling effects of depression or anxiety on the individual - but money can make a substantial difference in terms of care and the impact on family. For instance - money allows people to pay for help - and access a range of services, it allows them to pay for respite care, it allows them to have holidays, it allows them to explore alternatives ... Money is not the be all and end all but access to a greater range of services can and does have an impact on the family. I know someone who has just waited 2.5 years for therapy. That is not unusual. Money would have bought the help immediately. So that's why I cannot entirely agree with you that the effects are always the same. Yes they are in terms of what goes on inside the head of the individual but not necessarily for all the family. (And I've been a carer for someone with a mental illness for 19 years). I have also trained people around mental health issues for over 16 years and I often use the examples of famous people such as Stephen Fry, Denise Welch alongside recordings of ordinary members of the public and almost without exception the feedback is that attendees get more from what the public say than the stars, just simply because they can relate better to them. You know, I always say that people have to find what works for them. So if people are inspired by Peter Andre to take action with their own issues then you're right that can only be viewed as a good thing. We probably agree with more than we disagree and of course our views will be influenced by our individual experiences.

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  about 2 years ago
BIS_Coach  

I read your article with interest. I am always ambivalent about the usefulness of stars speaking out about mental illness. I agree that it's important it gets spoken about more, but generally the experience of 'stars' is quite different from the majority. Peter Andre was lucky enough to be able to afford to go to New York and I applaud him for going to get help for his problems - but that experience is quite different from someone who has to try and access limited services near their home. I'm not knocking how low he felt and as you said it is clearly something that he lives with now but I just don't know how much comfort it brings to other people. But who am I to judge. If one person found it helpful so be it.

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  about 2 years ago
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