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Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards reveals she suffered from severe panic attacks

The pop star said that social media often made her feel ‘trapped and claustrophobic’.

Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards tells of anxiety battle and severe panic attacks (Ian West/PA)
Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards tells of anxiety battle and severe panic attacks (Ian West/PA)

Perrie Edwards says she has previously suffered with panic attacks that felt like a “heart attack”, and she struggled to leave the house because of her anxiety.

The Little Mix star said that she felt “like a prisoner in my own head” at the height of her battle with her mental health issues, and told her fans they should not feel alone if they are facing similar problems in an emotional Instagram post.

The 25-year-old pop star wrote: “Over the past few years I have suffered really badly with anxiety and panic attacks.

“When I first started to feel the effects of anxiety I thought I was losing my mind and it terrified me. I felt so alone and like I was the first person in the world to ever experience it.”

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I’d like to open up about something. Venting your feelings is healthy and I want to be honest with you all. Over the past few years I have suffered really badly with anxiety and panic attacks. When I first started to feel the effects of anxiety I thought I was losing my mind and it terrified me. I felt so alone and like I was the first person in the world to ever experience it. - The first panic attack was so intense and overwhelming I felt like I was having a heart attack, I was so scared and confused and had no idea what was happening to me. I’m not sure what triggered that first one but it soon spiralled & I found myself in a really dark place, feeling alone and scared. I had people around me but I couldn’t explain to them what was happening to me or why. It affected me so badly that I didn’t even want to leave the house. I would step foot out the door and feel the overwhelming need to go straight back inside. It completely took over my life. - I’m happy to say that the physical attacks have stopped but unfortunately the anxiety still lives on. The reality is it probably always will. - I’ve had a relationship with my mind for 25 years now, so to feel it working against me sometimes makes me feel like a prisoner in my own head. It feels like the most unnatural thing in the world but the thing that helped me the most was discovering I’m not alone. I’m not the only person going through this. There are people all over the world feeling the exact same way I do! As soon as I realised I wasn’t going insane I felt more eager to beat it. I had therapy and I surround myself with my loved ones. Talking to someone relieves you of SO MUCH STRESS. I worked out coping mechanism’s and learned what the triggers are so that I can fight the attacks before they take hold. I restricted my time on social media which often made me feel trapped and claustrophobic. I took control of my life and accepted what I couldn’t control. - I don’t want to hide it anymore. I suffer from anxiety and I want you to all know if you suffer from anxiety you’re not alone ♥️

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Edwards said that her first experience of a panic attack “was so intense and overwhelming I felt like I was having a heart attack, I was so scared and confused and had no idea what was happening to me”.

The former X Factor star said she was not sure what triggered the first one, but that “it soon spiralled and I found myself in a really dark place, feeling alone and scared”.

She added: “I had people around me but I couldn’t explain to them what was happening to me or why. It affected me so badly that I didn’t even want to leave the house. I would step foot out the door and feel the overwhelming need to go straight back inside. It completely took over my life.”

Edwards wrote that the physical attacks have stopped, but she still deals with anxiety and she “probably always will”.

“I’ve had a relationship with my mind for 25 years now, so to feel it working against me sometimes makes me feel like a prisoner in my own head,” she said.

“It feels like the most unnatural thing in the world but the thing that helped me the most was discovering I’m not alone. I’m not the only person going through this. There are people all over the world feeling the exact same way I do.”

The Shout Out To My Ex singer said that she has undergone therapy and has surrounded herself with loved ones, and she relived stress by talking about her problems.

She added: “I restricted my time on social media which often made me feel trapped and claustrophobic. I took control of my life and accepted what I couldn’t control.

“I don’t want to hide it anymore. I suffer from anxiety and I want you to all know if you suffer from anxiety you’re not alone.”

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