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Nadiya Hussain opens up about her panic disorder in new BBC show

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Nadiya Hussain's new show Nadiya: Anxiety and Me will explore mental health and treatment.

The show will see Hussain talking about panic attacks, and exploring treatment.

Nadiya Hussain stole our hearts with her powerful assertion after winning Great British Bake Off that there was nothing she couldn’t do.

And that definitely seems to have been the case in the years since, when Hussain has gone on to make a birthday cake for the Queen, host a number of TV shows and be an all-round role model for Muslim women.

But perhaps the thing that’s most admirable about Hussain is her honesty about living with a panic disorder. She’s spoken candidly to Stylist about panic attacks and how she copes with them, and shared with her thousands of followers on Instagram a video showing the aftermath of an attack.

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The result has been that Hussain is contributing to an ongoing discussion about mental health, and the importance of talking about it instead of seeing it as something to be embarrassed or ashamed about.

And now Hussain is going one step further, with a new BBC show during Mental Health Awareness Week, which takes place from 13 to 19 May, in which she will share her journey through her first course of therapy.

In Nadiya: Anxiety and Me, we see Hussain as she goes to cognitive behavioural therapy for the first time in her life, and employs the coping mechanisms she learns in her life.

Hussain also meets others who have the same condition as her, and learns about the range of treatments available.

Among the people she meets in the show are students from Hove Park School in Brighton, which takes “an unusually open and proactive approach to supporting the mental health” of its students, said the BBC.

On Twitter, Hussain said she was “nervous about sharing”, but in true style added “let’s do this”.

In an Instagram post about the show, she wrote: “It has been a long and slow process, physically, emotionally, but most of all mentally. But here it is. Every time I took one step forward I took three back. But finally, eventually, got there in the end. It’s still a long road and I’m still on it. Steady, slow, but walking. I’m terrified to share this but I know how important it is.”

She ended by saying: “We are in it together.”

Nadiya: Anxiety and Me will air on BBC One on 15 May at 9pm.

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