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Anna’s well­be­ing test by DNA Plan dis­cov­ered she has a greater re­sponse to stress.

It also looked at how likely she was to suf­fer from anx­i­ety, low mood and sleep is­sues.

She was then ad­vised on what life­style changes she could make to im­prove her men­tal health.

Anna’s prob­lems be­gan in 2007 when she was fronting the kids’ show Toonat­tik on GMTV.

“I was bat­tling and cop­ing with var­i­ous symp­toms of in­creased stress, burn out and emo­tional dif­fi­cul­ties,” she said.

“I didn’t want to get up in the morn­ing, I was pan­ick­ing about pan­ick­ing. I felt like I was go­ing pretty mad in my­self.”

The for­mer Splash! con­tes­tant was di­ag­nosed with gen­er­alised anx­i­ety dis­or­der and treated with anti-anx­i­ety med­i­ca­tion and THE DNA Plan test looks at your genes af­ter tak­ing a swab from your mouth. From this spit, sci­en­tists look into ar­eas of your DNA linked to thought, mem­ory, stress, de­pres­sion and sleep. Mo­ti­va­tion to ex­er­cise and like­li­hood of be­ing an al­co­holic are also ar­eas that are stud­ied. Once they have ex­am­ined your ge­netic make-up they make rec­om­men­da­tions on ev­ery­thing from diet to life­style and how you can make the most of your well­be­ing. For more on the £199 test, visit dna­plan.co.uk. RAW SUPERFOOD CUP­CAKES These cakes are gluten, dairy and sugar free, as well as ve­gan – but so in­dul­gent. Makes six. IN­GRE­DI­ENTS 75g ground al­monds, 75g pumpkin seeds, 6 dates, stoned, 50g co­conut oil, melted, 2tbsp ca­cao pow­der, ½ tsp ground cin­na­mon, 100g creamed co­conut, 1 large mango, 1tbsp chia seeds, 2tbsp maple syrup, ½ tsp turmeric, juice of ½ lime, 1 av­o­cado, grated zest of 1 orange. METHOD 1 Blitz the al­monds, pumpkin seeds and dates in a food pro­ces­sor. Add half the co­conut oil, half the ca­cao pow­der and cin­na­mon and blitz. 2 Spoon into 6 cup­cake cases, press­ing down

She said: “If we have a proper sci­en­tif­i­cally backed test that can help ed­u­cate us on who we are and what our make-up is, we’re in a more em­pow­ered po­si­tion.

“And be­cause I know what it’s like to be at rock bot­tom I do ev­ery­thing I can to pre­vent get­ting to that point again.”

Qual­i­fied coun­sel­lor and life coach Anna also wants to teach her son about men­tal health. Her mum had panic at­tacks af­ter a mis­car­riage, while her brother has a his­tory of anx­i­ety but no one in her fam­ily dis­cussed it.

“I’m not ashamed or em­bar­rassed that I’ve had men­tal health is­sues so I want to bring up my son with that be­ing nor­mal for him to un­der­stand.

“We vac­ci­nate our kids and look af­ter their nu­tri­tion.

“And with tests like these we have a choice to have a head start on per­haps what they have in store men­tal health wise.” and lev­el­ling. Pop in the fridge for 30 min­utes. 3 Melt to­gether the creamed co­conut and the rest of the co­conut oil. Leave to cool slightly. 4 Place the mango into a small blender with the chia seeds, 1tbsp of the maple syrup, the turmeric and lime juice. Blitz to a puree. Pour in the melted co­conut and blitz to a puree. 5 Spoon the puree over the crumb base in the cases. Chill for 30-40 min­utes, un­til set. 6 Pop the re­main­ing ca­cao pow­der, maple syrup and av­o­cado and orange zest in a small blender and blend un­til smooth. 7 Pipe the choco­late orange mousse on top.

Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety Cup­cake Day is on Thursday. Visit cup­cake­day.org.uk for de­tails.

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