‘A crowded situation is usually the trigger; I struggle with my breathing, my chest gets very tight, sometimes I shake or I can’t physically move and I feel unsafe.’
Music and theatre student Lydia Hague struggles to cope with panic attacks despite her love of the stage.
The 20-year-old from the University of Chichester now wants to help others understand extreme anxiety and know how to cope.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Meridian (W) on Thursday 11th February.
Lydia explains: ‘On the surface I seem like a really confident person but I suffer from panic attacks which can strike at any moment.
‘People often accuse me of looking dazed or drunk and others have just told me to calm down or to stop being a drama queen.
‘Attacks are more common than people think and I want to let others know that not everyone’s experiences are the same.’
With Fixers, Lydia and her team have produced a film to showing how to help someone suffering from a panic attack.
Watch the film by clicking below:
Dave Corcoran, head of student support and wellbeing from the University of Chichester, appears in the broadcast in support of Lydia’s campaign.
He offers advice on how best to support a person during a panic attack.
Dave comments: ‘People don’t always know how to reach out and help someone.
‘I think people should pause for a moment and try and find out from that individual what they can do.’
Lydia adds: ‘Letting people know how to deal with it would be a huge benefit.
‘I hope my project will encourage people not to judge. If I help just one person not to feel isolated then I think that’s my job well done.’
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