I was recommended by a friend that I should watch the BBC Documentary Nadiya: Anxiety and Me. I thought I’d give it a watch and see if any of it would be useful for me as a sufferer of Anxiety and that I would write a review on it too.
Nadiya Hussain is a TV chef, who has been suffering Anxiety related symptoms for as long as she can remember at the start of the show she very openly admits that she has never been formally diagnosed and she’d just learned to accept it and survive rather than trying to face her issues.
From the moment I started the documentary, I felt I could relate to Nadiya and her situation. Nadiya decides she needs to find a solution and work towards getting back on track. Whilst she searches she finds that the two most effective solutions to anxiety are medication and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, otherwise known as ‘CBT’. Nadiya decides to take the CBT because the medication hasn’t proven to work for her in the past. We actually got to watch a lot of her therapy sessions which I found very interesting to watch. Nadiya and her therapist try to pinpoint what may have triggered her anxiety in the first place. After finding out that her anxiety was triggered a traumatic experience from when she was younger, she searches to see if Anxiety could be passed on to her children in her genes. She finds out that Anxiety is in fact not genetic and it is something that is triggered by your nurture and not your nature.
Nadiya uses baking and organizing things as a way to control her anxiety. I understand how she lets these small tasks dominate her life, I myself can relate to that. I find housework as a distraction from facing my problems head on. Having anxiety can make you feel out of control of certain aspects of your life so I think it can be quite common to use some kind of control over a certain insignificant thing, you use it to take back some of the control and to keep yourself distracted and busy.
She learns through her CBT sessions that panic attacks, do go away on their own if you stop forcing them to go away and stop using the things you think are making you feel better. You don’t have to just accept it, it isn’t going to be easy but you can take control.
I actually felt mildly disappointed when the Documentary was over as I was enjoying it and found it incredibly interesting and helpful. It provided me with an insightful view of people who are suffering like me and how other people have proceeded to get help. Which is something I am still trying to do. It’s really different to watch and hear how this is affecting somebody else’s life, although we are both anxiety sufferer’s, both of our stories and expeirences are different.
During the documentary Nadiya talks about how she hopes the documentary will help others, she says ‘If Nadiya can do it then so can I!’ which I really loved. It’s very true, I am very inspired by Nadiya’s story and if I wasn’t already, I am a fan. Nadiya is so honest and I am in awe of her bravery that it took for her to stand up and speak openly about her struggles and show other people that they can too!
I did relate to Nadiya’s story and I’m very glad that she was able to share her journey into recovering from Anxiety. Her story is inspiring and I hope it helps many people to speak up and seek the help that they need. I wish her all the best on her journey. You can watch Nadiya: Anxiety and Me on BBC iPlayer here!