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Pop Star Robbie Williams says his experience of agoraphobia was so severe he could not leave his sofa. Read his story here.

Pop star Robbie Williams has come forward to discuss the acute social anxiety he suffered after developing agoraphobia.

The former Take That icon told The Sun that, despite years of performing to huge audiences in arenas around the world, his condition left him unable to leave the sofa: “It was my body and mind telling me I shouldn’t go anywhere, that I couldn’t do anything.”

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Summer is not a season that people associate with having anxiety. But research has confirmed that higher levels of anxiety during seasonal transitions is common, especially in the summer months. To read more, check out this article.

Last spring, I noticed for the first time that as the temperature climbed, so did my anxiety. On one of the first hot days in May, as I was standing and waiting for the subway, I began to lose control of my body — my mind was full of intrusive thoughts, I was drenched in sweat, and I felt like I couldn’t stand up anymore. Hunched over, my body entered a seizure-like state. I landed in the hospital for the afternoon and learned that what I had experienced was called a vasovagal attack: a combination of low blood pressure, a sudden drop in heart rate, dehydration, and anxiety that caused me to faint. The heat and humidity affected me in a way I had never experienced before.

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Do you notice yourself feeling more anxious in the summer?

When the sun is shining, the automatic assumption is that everything feels right with the world – but that isn’t the case for everyone. Anxiety, for some people who suffer from it, can actually worsen in the summer months, and it makes complete sense as to why.

Speaking to Refinery 29, psychologist at telehealth app LiveHealth Online, Lindsay Henderson, PsyD, explained that the increased social pressure to go out and have fun can lead to higher levels of anxiety.

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Learn what it was like for one mother when she finally understood her daughter’s anxiety

It’s hard to have an anxious child.

The hardest part for me to understand is that her fears seem irrational, and her reactions appear to be unreasonable.

I understand her anxiety is an automatic reaction to a perceived, almost inexplicable fear, and that it feels very real to her. But emotionally, I have a really hard time not feeling overwhelmed, out of control and disconnected from her, and her experience.

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27 celebrities open up about living with anxiety and panic attacks.

If you’ve ever experienced the crippling feeling of anxiety, you know it’s not easy to put into words. Living with an anxiety disorder can mean so many different things, since the symptoms—which can include things like trouble sleeping, avoidance, fatigue, and even pain—vary from person to person. Panic attacksphobiasOCDsocial anxiety, and PTSD all full under the umbrella of anxiety disorders—and 40 million American adults live with the internal battle every day.

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