Little Mix’s Perry Edwards Opens Up About Panic Attacks And Anxiety With Glamour | Music News
Perrie Edwards, one of the four singers that make up Little Mix, opened up about her axiety and panic attacks for her first ever solo interview with Glamour Magazine. Edwards explained how she moved on from this situation confessing it was very hard.
In an emotional Instagram post last month, the twenty-five-year-old opened up about her relationship with her mind, powerfully revealing she has been battling against anxiety and panic attacks. In the interview, the singer also underlines how social media can affect this mental depression, but also how through it you can communicate with fans and help others, sharing your experience like Perry has done.
Check out the post below.
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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 ♥️
Recently Edwards, became the face of shoe brand Superga. In the interview, she explained how she stepped out on her first campaign, because it was very daunting at first. “At first, I’m not going to lie, I was like ‘argghh’, but it’s been really good.” she said.
Nowadays, more and more young people suffer from mental health issues, and thanks to well known people, who post their own experience on social media, it can help them go on and don’t feel so different and lonely. Ellie Goulding and Fearne Cotton‘s experience helped her not to feel like the only one who was suffering. “It’s not the first time it’s happened, I haven’t just survived a heart attack” she said.
“When I first started experiencing the panic attacks, I developed a fear of being on my own. It’s a lot better than it was, I kept thinking, ‘if I’m on my own and I have a panic attack, what do I do?’. […] I wouldn’t be able to leave the house feeling normal.” she openly confessed.
But with time she overcame, step by step. “It was like learning to walk again, it was so bizarre. Once I overcame one thing, once I went out the house a bit more, my mum didn’t have to come to work with me anymore and I was fine. Then I started travelling on my own. I can get in a car and go to Manchester and I’m fine. I’m still a bit uneasy about the train.”
Check out the full interview and a sneak peek of Superga photoshoot below.