Former Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby has opened up about her lifelong anxiety and fear of dying.
Speaking to Heat as part of their ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign for Mental Health Awareness Week, the reality star said: “I get this thing called death anxiety where I think I’m going to die.
“I’m so worried because I’m scared about dying and it’s the worst thing in the world I feel my heart pumping through my chest and feel like my whole body is empty because I’m so scared about dying. It’s been going on since I was little.”
The star added: “I don’t know if it’s anxiety or a panic attack because I suddenly feel like I can’t breathe and sometimes I get so bad I feel like I’m going to die. I do also get times when I feel anxious but when I have something bad it’s almost like a panic attack.”
Describing her coping mechanisms, Crosby said: “I think the best way to try and tackle it is to tell yourself something that is going to make yourself feel better.
“As soon as I get through that door and see me mam it will all be OK and I will feel safe, and that made me feel much better but I had to tell myself that over and over again until I believe it.”
Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 is May 14-20, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, with this year’s theme of ‘Stress’. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
If you identify with any of the stories, you may need to talk to someone. Other organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), and Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) also has helplines available from 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58 (nationwide) and 0808 802 58 58 (London) (www.thecalmzone.net/).
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