Jack Fincham, 28, winner of Love Island 2018, revealed for the first time in March this year he’d battled with severe anxiety and depression. Speaking to British GQ magazine he divulged he was prescribed a range of drugs after being signed off from work, which made him think he was “going mad”. Having suffered wit mental health problems between the ages of 19 and 21, Jack revealed: “I used to take citalopram, which is an antidepressant, and I also took beta blockers for anxiety, propranolol.
“It came sort of out of nowhere and I told my mum and stuff and got signed off from work with it. I was just scared to go out of the house. I was worried about things that weren’t happening. I thought I was going mad.”
When it came to seeking help, jack revealed he didn’t want to go to the doctors.
He said: “At the start I didn’t want to go to the doctors, I was just crying to my mum.
“I thought if I said it out loud to a doctor then it would make it real. I didn’t want to believe that this was happening to me – or why it was happening to me.”
The former stationery salesman said he now takes social media criticism “with a pinch of salt”, also revealing he receives “a lot of messages from people being nasty”.
He said: “I’ve just learned now: water off a duck’s back.”
Anxiety, or generalised anxiety disorder, is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear.
The NHS explains: “Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life – for example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview.
“During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.
“But some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.”
The health body states anxiety can trigger psychological and physical symptoms.
- A sense of dread
- Feeling constantly “on edge”
- Difficulty concentrating