Dannie Menzies, originally from Scotland, became a firm fixture on daytime television presenting the popular Channel 4’s show ‘A Place in the Sun’. The presenter discusses a time in her life when her health was far from sunny and how she was able to overcome a disorder which affects millions of people throughout the world – depression.
Speaking about her dark days to The Sun back in 2018, Danni said: “I had an accident and someone from my childhood passed away, I think the trauma of both those things had a knock-on effect.
“When I was studying at uni I bounced my face into a metal stage from a bucking bronco — I was sober at the time, so it really was pretty bad.
“You could see the bone on my nose in two places and my eyes swelled up quite a lot, it was quite nasty.
“I didn’t realise what was happening to me. I was so traumatised by the accident and by losing my friend I didn’t want to leave the house. But I didn’t know why.
“I thought I had a virus or something. It wasn’t until later when I began to get help, I realised.”
The trauma of the situation and how it affected Menzies emotionally, meant she had to really heal and deal with these new troubling thoughts she was dealing with.
“I wasn’t a worrier, I had been bold and brave,” Menzies said.
“I’d gone to Thailand on my own when I was 17. I was socially outgoing; I was a member of lots of clubs.
“To go from that to being worried about leaving the house was awful.”
People with chronic anxiety and worry that is uncontrollable and cause significant life problems often get diagnosed with either depression or general anxiety disorder.
Both conditions are extremely common and have been on the rise over the past few years.
In trying to understand what feelings (primary emotions) your anxiety could be underneath, the first thing to do is actually ask yourself that question, said Very Well Mind.
It continued: “Allow yourself to be open to the possibility that you are hurt, disappointed, or grieving, rather than anxious.
“I tried lots of different therapies to help my confidence.”
Menzies struck gold when she embarked upon Timeline Therapy, a treatment which involves neuro-linguistic programming.
“It’s about looking back into the problem areas in your life and it teaches you to take away the emotion. It means you can talk about the trauma and not feel anything.
“After I did the first two-hour session I slept for a few days. It was at this moment things really began to change for me. I think everyone should go through it.”
There are various evidence-based treatments that have been found to help with anxiety problems.
One Mind recommends taking treatments. The charity explains: “There are two types of talking treatment recommended for anxiety and panic.
“Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – this focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems.
“Applied relaxation therapy – this involves learning how to relax your muscles in situations where you normally experience anxiety.”
If anxiety is affecting your daily life or causing you distress, speak to your GP.
For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.