Social anxiety has been part of Jo's life since childhood. In this painful story she describes its pernicious effect and the vicious cycle between feelings of anxiety and sadness. But the story has a happy ending as Jo eventually discovers therapy.
I felt very very sad, very upset that I was missing out on life. There's a whole world out there: all sorts going on, people to meet, things to do, and I was missing out on all that. It was a vicious circle because, to do all those things would have meant having to go out and tackle my anxiety."
Steve Hayes, the main force behind Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, is himself a panic attack sufferer in recovery. Panic responds very well to behavioural therapies such as CBT, especially when combined with mindfulness approaches.MORE
A short video from animator Kelly Bailey on what it's like to live with panic and agoraphobia, containing recorded testimony of real people who have struggled with and overcome these fears.MORE
Mark Williams, a professor of clinical psychology at Oxford University, talks about Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.MORE
A short film by TV production student, Andrew Moore, documenting the personal stories of two OCD sufferers, Michelle and Mary-Jo.MORE