TV presenter Anna Williamson has opened up about her battle with anxiety.
Speaking to Helen Skelton on ITV’s Lorraine, Anna, who has worked on shows such as This Morning, Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and the National Lottery Xtra, amongst others, said that there was a point years ago when she felt she’d hit ‘rock bottom’ with her mental health.
‘I felt like I genuinely wanted to die because I didn’t know why I was feeling so bad,’ she explained.
‘Everything was clouded, everything was foggy.’
Anna appeared on the show to talk about her first book, Breaking Mad: The Insiders Guide to Conquering Anxiety, which she’s discussed in more detail on her website.
‘My book is all about my own experiences and story of being diagnosed and coping with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder, as well as my tried and tested techniques and tips on how to keep any unwanted anxiety at bay,’ she wrote in a blog post.
‘As a trained therapist I want everyone to know that they are not alone, and that having a mental health illness does not have to define you or ruin your life for good! I also wanted my book to be easy to read and understand – you’ll find no complicated jargon, just practical advice and you may even have a chuckle along the way.’
She describes the book as her ‘second baby’, having given birth to son Vincenzo George in September, adding that her family has given her ‘lots of reasons to smile’.
‘We have enjoyed every minute of getting to know our little lad. They say life changes when you become a parent – and boy does it! But in every way wonderful and rewarding as you see a little life grow and thrive each day. We are very blessed.’