James Arthur opens up about his daily battles with anxiety

“Back from the edge, Back from the dead, Back before demons took control of my head, Back to the start, Back to my heart, Back to the boy who would reach for the stars”- James Arthur.

An acclaimed poet, singer and songwriter, James Arthur in a recent interview talked about battling mental illness in his daily life. In a candid interview with host Lorraine Kelly on May 11, 2017, the British popstar opened up about his struggle with anxiety. The former X factor winner has credited his music for being a good form of release.

Arthur revealed that while anxiety is something that he struggles with daily, music has really helped him deal with it. Calling his songwriting as cathartic, the singer has admitted that music aids him in his battle with anxiety. Stressing the importance of therapy, the 29-year-old singer said, “I am trying. I am not saying I am some guru of life now that I am reformed and rehabilitated. I still struggle. I think positivity is really important. That is where I am at the moment. I am trying to be as positive as I can.”

Back with a bang

While speaking about his struggles Arthur emphasized that he was now able to recognize the triggers that caused anxiety and could channel them through listening to and creating music. Enjoying the success of his latest release, Arthur has revealed that he will be releasing an autobiography titled, “Back to the Boy,” which will talk about his battles with mental disorders in detail. In the book titled “the boy” represents vulnerability, depression and mental illness. With the book, the singer hopes to inspire other people with mental health issues to continue to live their lives and achieve their dreams.

After being dropped from Simon Cowell’s Syco label, the singer admitted to becoming suicidal believing his career to be over. Crediting his music for turning his life around, the singer is now back on his feet and is about to embark on a tour of America with One Republic. With “Say You Won’t Let Me Go” soaring to the top of the charts, the singer seems to have returned to the spotlight with a bang. He says that he has got his purpose back and is on the right path.

Anxiety disorders need treatment

Although it is normal to feel anxious before an important event, an anxiety disorder is a lot more harmful. Considered as common mental health disorders, anxiety can cause people to feel uneasy, distressed and frightened for no apparent reason. Often ignored, an untreated anxiety disorder can reduce one’s productivity and quality of life.

According to the National Institute of Mental health, more than 40 million Americans aged 18 years or older – 18 percent of the adult population — are suffering from anxiety disorders, which cost the U.S. economy more than $42 billion a year. Some of the common anxiety disorders include panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety disorder. In addition to severe symptoms, anxiety affects one physically as well. Some of the physical symptoms include dizziness, headache, shortness of breath and chest pain.

Road to recovery

Despite its high level of treatability with medication and therapy, many individuals with anxiety do not get professional care. While treatment is individualized, a generalized treatment plan often consists of medication, therapy, alternative treatment or a combination of all.

If you know someone suffering from any kind of mental health illnesses including anxiety disorders, contact the 24/7 Mental Health Helpline and let us help you find one of the best mental health programs suited to your requirements. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-653-8178 and get in touch with our mental health counselors for appropriate guidance.