Samia Longchambon reveals doctors thought her anxiety was asthma08/24/2021
Coronation Street star Samia Longchambon has opened up about dealing with anxiety during the pandemic.
In June the actress obtained a diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) ’to get insight into what’s behind the therapy’.
The theory behind CBT is that thoughts, feelings and behaviours are all connected with each other. It focuses on how you think and act now rather than any past problems.
The actress appeared on Tuesday’s Loose Women where she revealed she has had anxiety from a young age, but medical professionals didn’t know what it was.
Speaking to panelists Kaye Adams, Judi Love, Janet Street Porter and Coleen Nolan, Samia shared: ‘The doctor diagnosed me with asthma instead of anxiety in the early 90s. Back then it wasn’t talked about, children’s mental health.
Janet then asked how she dealt with the uncertainty around the pandemic and the lockdowns of the last year.
While it was a ‘really anxiety-inducing’ situation for her, she found staying at home helped her cope with it better.
‘I’m such a home bird anyway,’ the soap star confessed.
‘I’m way happier with a takeout on the couch, I’ve always been like that. I enjoyed not having to go places or see lots of people. So that side of it I felt it was better for my anxiety.’
Judi wanted to know what prompted her to seek a diploma and learn more about CBT.
Samia, who is married to Dancing On Ice star Sylvain Longchambon, said: ‘In the last few years my anxiety has been quite bad. I don’t know if it’s to do with my kids getting older.
‘I’ve had psychotherapy and CBT and I just wanted to get an insight into what’s behind the therapy, and learn to help myself without having to see a therapist.
‘I’m not at the stage where I can treat people, I need to further it a lot more but it’s definitely been really eye opening to see what’s behind the therapy.’
Opening up to Metro.co.uk about her anxiety, she shared that she finds yoga has helped her.
‘I do it every single day – I can’t remember the last day I didn’t do it,’ Samia told us.
‘I notice when I don’t do it. It sets me up for the day, breathing, it helps open my chest and calm my thoughts down for half an hour. The physical benefits are great, I’m stronger and more flexible but by far the benefits are mental for me, it’s been amazing.’
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.
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