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- British-Bangladeshi baker, columnist and author
Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain will open up about living with anxiety as part of a BBC special about mental health.
The one-off Nadiya on Anxiety will see her speaking at greater length than ever before about the debilitating panic attacks that she has suffered since childhood.
As part of the one-hour special, Nadiya will undergo therapy for the first time in hopes of discovering the unearthed memories and triggers for her anxiety and panic episodes.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown star will also speak to others who also live with anxiety, as well as experts in the field to determine how widespread anxiety is impacting the UK today.
"Nadiya speaks bravely and honestly about what it’s like to live with anxiety and panic attacks," the BBC describes. "We are with her as she takes a step into the unknown and undergoes a course of therapy for the first time; a difficult process, where she reveals the buried memories and key moments from her past that have led to her anxiety.
"These sessions are raw and honest, but Nadiya hopes her openness will inspire others to seek help rather than suffer in silence."
I’ve had a bad couple of days. I want so badly to explain being in that black hole. But I can’t. I get out of bed because I have to because they need me. The saddest thing is, the people that give me light in my life, even their smiles can’t fix what is so badly broken. So I push and tug at myself to see the love that they have to give and I push and tug and remind myself that I have the same love to share. I don’t always see it, I can’t always find it. But when all three of them attached themselves to me like little love leeches this morning took this snap to remind me. They are the light in the dark place. I may not always find it, but they will guide me till I do. Even if it’s just a glimmer, I will keep going till I feel the sun on my face #panicdisorder #anxiety #mentalhealth #feelthesun #itwillbeokay #three #life #happlyplace #light
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Hussain has eloquently spoken about her anxiety at times in the past. While acknowledging going through having "a bad couple of days" last year, she likened her experience to being stuck in "a black hole".
At the time, she said it was the support of her children and other loved ones that help her to find "the glimmer" of light during the darkest of times. Certainly, Nadiya must be commended for bravely shining a light on this very important topic.
Nadiya on Anxiety does not yet have a transmission date on BBC One.
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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