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  • Writer's pictureEva

Anxiety: one thing you need to ask yourself

There is a lot to say about anxiety. I recently watched "Nadia: Anxiety and me" on the BBC- recommended. It accompanies Nadia (she won the Great British Bake Off a few years back) on an exploration of her own long term anxiety and attempt to improve . There is one big thought it left me with- early on in her therapy, it emerged that this was triggered by a horrible racist bullying experience in her youth (she calls it bullying- which feels too mild a word for what was a horrific assault). I don't know if we just didn't see it- but the (white) therapist didn't make much fuss about this, even though he had been very empathic just before. And he focuses on addressing something more practical and immediate, which of course is also important. I appreciate that nonetheless he does suggest that it would be important for Nadia to get further support with regards to this trauma. And her trauma is a collective one, not hers alone. It also made me write about this aspect of anxiety, which I learnt from my supervisor- to always check with clients who suffer from anxiety about whether they had a life threatening experience in the first 10-15 years of their life. I tried to express this in my latest blog.

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