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Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira opens up on anxiety attacks, says “Hang in there”

Discussion about one’s mental health has finally taken a step in the right direction, where many have learned to open up if they are having issues, without the stigma it might bring. While there is still a long way to go with the world accepting that mental health is indeed important to speak about, celebrity stories have definitely helped more and more people go in the right direction.

Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira has been open about her personal mental health and has also helped her followers with advice on she has dealt and deals with topics related to mental health. She took to social media to share about her experience with a recent anxiety attack. Ira wrote, “I’ve started getting anxiety attacks. I’ve had anxiety. And I used to get overwhelmed. And have crying fits. But I’ve never had anxiety attacks before. It’s the difference between panic and panic attacks. Anxiety versus anxiety attacks. As far as I understand it (anxiety attacks), they have physiological symptoms. Palpitations, breathlessness. Plus crying. And it builds. Slowly. Feels like impending doom. This is what mine feels like. I do not know what a panic attack is like. It’s a really crappy feeling. My therapist said if it’s become regular (context, I had 1 or 2 over 2 months versus almost every day now), I needed to tell my doctor/psychiatrist. In case anyone needed words to describe how they’re feeling and this can be of any help. Because I really want to go to sleep (it usually happens at night for me) but I can’t because it won’t stop. I try to identify my fears, talk myself down. But once it’s hit you, I haven’t found a way to stop it. You kind of need to ride it out. So far. That’s what I’ve figured. But while it’s building, talking to Popeye and breathing has helped make it not come to an attack. At least for a few hours. It also depends on if I get re-stressed by another stimulus later. Life’s full of variables. If you’re trying to be mindful, remember to take them all into account. Hang in there.”

Real stories like Ira’s have helped many. Here’s to more discussion about mental health.

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