Little Mix star Perrie Edwards has revealed she suffers with crippling anxiety that at times has left her housebound.
The star revealed she has suffered with panic attacks and that her first one left her feeling like she’d had a heart attack.
Perrie, 25, opened up about her condition on Instagram – where she shared a very candid post.
Perrie, who is the girlfriend of Liverpool star, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, shared a lengthy caption alongside a make-up free photo.
She said: “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.”
Perrie said she sometimes feels like a “prisoner in my own head” but said it had helped her to discover she wasn’t the only person that felt like that.
She continued: “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.”