JESS WRIGHT EXCLUSIVE: “A car crash triggered my panic attacks and PTSD”

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Jess Wright

by Carl Smith |
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Following the massive success of our Where's Your Head At? mental health campaign last year, which saw our petition to get a mental health first aider in every UK workplace get to Number 10, we're taking Mental Heath Awareness Week as an opportunity to speak to some of our fave celebs about their experiences.

In our latest interview, we speak to TOWIE star Jess Wright about her struggles with anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and her methods of managing her mental health.

"I was in a car crash when I was 20, and I thought I was going to die because my car flew across 3 lanes of motorway. I was going 70 mph," Jess told us.

"The tyre burst and all the traffic was coming towards me. So at that moment I shouted out 'I don't want to die,' because I thought that’s it. I personally think that that might have triggered it, but at the same time I think that mental health [problems] can also be caused your serotonin isn't full. You might need something to up the serotonin levels in your brain.

"So I don't know if it's a combination or if it’s something that was triggered from the post-traumatic stress."

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Jess added: "It was about 6 months after my car crash I had a panic attack.

"I didn't know what was happening to me and I was working at the time and the ambulance were called, and they came in and said, 'you’re suffering a really bad panic attack.'

"And from then on I kind of had them every now and again and they were horrific.

"They scared me so much, because you can't breathe. It was only when I was about 4 or 5 years in to them that I told myself, 'you're not going to die from a panic attack, and you just have to ride it out.'"

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