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‘Pain Is Real But So Is Hope’- Lalla Hirayama Opens Up About Suffering With Panic Disorder & Depression

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Lalla Hirayama has battled with Anxiety, Panic Disorder as well as Depression. The media personality opened up about battling with the mental illness on her Twitter account, revealing that at some point, “suicide was a serious thought.”

As part of Mandela Day, she  volunteered her time helping out at the South African Depression and Anxiety Group.  The Lalla in Lalaland presenter shared some of her experiences with her followers, urging those who struggle with the mental disorder to move beyond the steep of social stigma and seek professional help.

SADAG MENTAL HEALTH LINE: 011 234 4837 

“Even if you don’t have money, (SADAG) is there to help”, she tweeted. “Pain is real but so is hope. No one is alone.”

Speaking against the stigma that keeps anxiety disorder suppressed in codes of shame and secrecy, which force those who are suffer from the mental illness to secretly suffer alone, Lalla says there’s no shame in seeking professional help to improve one’s mental health.

While anxiety disorder has standard symptoms, which we discuss below, different people are affected differently by the illness. Before being diagnosed, Lalla felt like she was ‘possessed’, and considered suicide.

SADAG SUICIDE CRISIS LINE: 0800 567 56 OR SMS 31393

However, she revealed that she has been seeking professional help. She says that calling in to the SADAG has helped her deal with disorder on so many occasions.

WHAT IS PANIC DISORDER? 

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America describes a panic attack as ‘the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes and includes at least four of the following symptoms:

  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feelings of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
  • Chills or heat sensations
  • Paresthesia (numbness or tingling sensations)
  • Derealisation (feelings of unreality) or depersonalisation (being detached from oneself)
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • Fear of dying

Because these symptoms are very similar to those of heart related diseases, such as heart attacks, thyroid problems etc., they can easily be mistaken for them. That only makes the attacks that much more scary.

ANXIETY DISORDER

Everyone gets anxious about stuff from time. But people who suffer with generalised anxiety disorder worry unstoppably about common situations. People with this condition worry so much that feelings of stress and restlessness, while overwhelming, and sometimes paralysing, cannot be easily managed even when the person is aware that these thoughts are irrational. This uncontrollable and incessant worrying can affect someone’s wellbeing, personal relationships and professional life.

Healthline.com lists these symptoms

 

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Muscle tension
  • Repeated stomachaches or diarrhea
  • Wweaty palms
  • Shaking
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Neurological symptoms, such as numbness or tingling in different parts of the body

For more information, visit the SADAG website here .  As Lalla says, you are not aloneSeek professional help straight away.


Featured Image Credit: Lalla Hirayama via Instagram

 

 

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Boity Apologising for Her Throwback Homophobic Remarks Is A Good Start

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The surfacing of archived tweets containing homophobic sentiments by a slew of South African celebrities has opened dialogues about the toxic heterosexist landscape of the local entertainment business. 

Just days after her first ever Hip Hop joint set the streets ablaze and earned the media-personality-turned-rapper her first number one on iTunes, Boity has had to apologise for homophobic remarks she tweeted almost a decade ago. She also acknowledged that while her views have changed along with her growth, she used to be quite the outspoken homophobe back then.

The apology comes after a series of old homophobic tweets resurfaced. She was only 19 years old when she vented her hateful spleen towards the queer community, but she has grown a lot over the years. Her views on sexuality were “warped” back then, but she knows better now.

Tweeted Boity amid backlash; “A decade ago, I was naive, homophobic, young and didn’t know better”, she explained. ” I was 19 and my views on sexuality were warped. We grow, our views change and we do better. It’s gut-wrenching and embarrassing to see them now however I am not the same person I was 10 years ago.”

She proceeded to apologise to everyone she has hurt in the old tweets.


The tweets in question were published over different occasions. In one, she is upset by what she perceives to be a surge in the representation of black gay male romance in local TV soapies.

In another scathing tweet, she leaves no shred of doubt about how she feels about the queer community.  
Boity’s apology was met with further debates about the unaddressed homophobia that goes on unchecked in the South African entertainment business.

Despite increasing visibility, what with the likes of Somizi and, amongst other Nakhane Toure proudly shining the spotlight on the existence of gay people in the creative industry, there’s no doubt the business remains rigidly heterosexist.

Tweets allegedly published on Nadia Nakai and Rouge’s Twitter years ago have also attracted some interest, but the two rappers are yet to take actual ownership. That remains to be seen.

While polarising, Boity’s apology has been embraced by many as a good start at acknowledging the pain she has caused many people. She herself was young at the time, and how many of us wish we could have expressed ourselves differently ten years ago.

 

 

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Bonang Covers GQ’s “Power Issue”!

Bonang has become the first female South African celeb to get a standalone GQ cover, ever! Details on the “Power” Issue

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Our Queen Bonang has become the first female South African celebrity to feature as a stand alone on the cover of GQ Magazine

The men’s lifestyle publication on Thursday unveiled Bonang as the cover girl for their September “Power Issue”. In it, the media Queen tackles the role of power in “the year of the woman”, touches on her hopes for the future and also chats, ironically, about stuff you will never hear her talk about.

And although the issue hits the stands this Monday on the 27th, we wonder if that list includes her highly publicized relationship with her former boyfriend AKA, with whom she split earlier this year.

She threw some subtle hints on how that relationship has shifted her approach to romance on her reality show Being Bonang; revealing at the time that she has not intentions of dating anyone, anytime soon.

She’s also pleading the fifth on her fallout with former BFF Somizi, with whom she’s said to have settled old scores at the recent DStv Viewers Choice Awards announcements private function. Bonang is said to have been polite to Somgaga, despite the recent shade he tossed her way during an appearance on Pearl Thusi’s television show.

Moving beyond all that drama with a kind of grace that she’s become known for, Bonang has been moving on to even bigger wins in her career. Amongst those is her co-hosting duties at the looming Global Citizen stage, where she will be sharing the spotlight with the likes of Dave Chapelle, Trevor Noah and amongst others Oprah Winfrey.

The Power Issue features Bonang striking a bose pose in a black cleavage bearing blazer, which has hints of lightweight rose gold shimmer

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Boity Has Her Eyes Set On Dropping Some Music

Boity is set to be working hard to launch a music career, with a Nasty C collaboration in the works to kickstart it all!

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Boity usually raises temperatures with her consistent supply of stunning snaps on her social media accounts. But one picture was accompanied by a caption that left fans debating amongst themselves.

The 28-year old media personality appears to be announcing a single, but didn’t follow up with details around premiere dates and things of that nature. Known mainly for television presenting, her beauty business ventures and some acting, the announcement caught many off-guard.


But, she’s reportedly serious about launching a successful music career. An insider claims that she’s so advanced in her plans to take over the charts that she’s now eyeing an entire album.

In fact, Boity has been publicly toying with the idea of pursuing a music career for years now. Having teased fans with what appeared to be pics of recording sessions with Nasty C last year, Boity finally confirmed last year she had hopped in studio with him to work on a duet.

And back at Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up Orlando Stadium in 2016, she treated Tsibipians to a few bars of her own, a mini session which had attendees with a lot to chat about.

Boity now joins a long list of television personalities who expanded their portfolios to take on the music business and vice versa. The likes of Naak Musiq, Thembi Seete and Zola 7 are a few names that transitioned between acting and presenting to being successful recording artists.

SLIDE RIGHT MORE OF HER HOT STILLS WITH AUSTEN MALEMA 

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