Phillips opens up on anx­i­ety

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

ABC News pre­sen­ter Juanita Phillips has re­vealed her long run­ning bat­tle with anx­i­ety and opened up about the mo­ment she had an on-air break­down. Speak­ing to pro­mote the cause of Anx­i­ety Aware­ness Month, the 54-year-old has told her story in a bid to help oth­ers strug­gling with the of­ten de­bil­i­tat­ing ill­ness.

“Look­ing back, I’ve prob­a­bly ex­pe­ri­enced anx­i­ety my whole life,” Phillips (pic­tured) told Marie Claire mag­a­zine, on sale Thurs­day.

“I grew up in a tense house­hold and I can re­mem­ber my mum tak­ing me to see doc­tors when I was 10 be­cause I had lots of stom­ach pains. No one could ever find any­thing wrong, but I now recog­nise that as one of the symp­toms of my anx­i­ety.”

The pop­u­lar jour­nal­ist said the break­down of her mar­riage trig­gered an over­whelm­ing anx­i­ety at­tack over a decade ago.

“In 2007, I ba­si­cally had an on-air break­down where my throat closed up and I felt like I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “That was when I first em­braced yoga. I re­alised I needed to do some­thing to take care of my men­tal health and it was trans­for­ma­tive.”

Pic­ture: Cor­rie Bond

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