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Claire Eastham is a Manchester-based author, award-winning mental health blogger, campaigner and keynote speaker who was diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder after suffering excruciating physical symptoms that forced her to leave a business meeting. Claire’s first book detailing her personal experience living with an anxiety disorder titled “We’re All Mad Here: The No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety” sold out its entire first print run in just five days and was selected for Reading Well Books on Prescription in 2018. Claire is an ambassador for the mental health research charity, MQ, and has regularly appeared on TV and radio, including appearances on This Morning, BBC Breakfast, and across BBC Radio. Her latest book about her experience is titled “F**k, I think I’m Dying: How I Learned to Live with Panic”.

0:00 Intro
02:08 This week’s guest
02:50 Early signs of social anxiety disorder
07:57 Coping with social anxiety disorder symptoms while trying to live a normal life
12:40 Reaching a breaking point
17:28 Getting a social anxiety disorder diagnosis in her mid-20s
18:55 Writing a memoir about her social anxiety disorder experience & becoming a mental health advocate
27:06 Seeking support from others
30:25 Managing her social anxiety disorder today
39:25 Claire’s advice for anyone battling social anxiety
42:03 Outro

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