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YouTuber Zoella Films Herself Having A Panic Attack On Instagram

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Instagram / Zoe Sugg

British YouTuber Zoe Sugg AKA Zoella filmed herself during a panic attack to raise awareness about anxiety disorders. The 29-year-old influencer was out to dinner with her boyfriend, Alfie Deyes, and best friend, Tanya Burr, on Tuesday when she began to experience an anxiety attack and had to step outside. Zoe decided to upload a time-lapse of her experience to her Instagram Stories to shed light on the realities of living with anxiety to her fans.

The videos showed Zoe outside the restaurant while her best friend, fellow YouTuber Tanya Burr, attempted to calm her down. On top of the videos, she wrote: “Over the past 15 years I’ve done this A LOT! In fact, for a good part of my early twenties, I spent half my time at restaurants (if I ever dared to go in the first place) ‘getting fresh air’ outside!”

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Instagram / Zoe Sugg via Twitter

In another clip, she wrote: “Just thought I’d share this little snippet with you! Because often it can look like people are having the most normal and glamorous evening but you don’t always know the full picture.”

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Instagram / Zoe Sugg via Twitter

During the videos, Tanya could be seen trying to calm Zoe down and placing her hand on her stomach to help with breathing exercises. Zoe explained that having friends around her when she feels anxious really helps give her a “reality check.” She wrote: “Certainly helps when you have people who love you and care about you who know EXACTLY what to say and give you the time you need.”

When she got home, the YouTuber answered some questions on her Instagram Stories about her anxiety, telling fans that she first began experiencing panic attacks when she was a teenager but didn’t understand what it was. She also mentioned that she would “not be the person I am today and enjoying life at the capacity I’m now able to enjoy it at” if she wasn’t going to therapy.

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Instagram / Zoe Sugg via WeTheUnicorns

Zoe has been open with her fans about her mental health for almost 10 years now, and her followers frequently applaud her for speaking out about the widespread issue.

To learn more about Zoe’s experience with anxiety, watch her 2012 video below.

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