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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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Thuso Mbedu Scores Leading Role In American Series

Emmy Award nominated South African actress, Thuso Mbedu, has been cast as ‘Cora’ – the leading character on a looming American television series

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South African TV audiences first encountered her through the telly when she first appeared on Generations; The Legacy in the not-so-distant past. Four years later, Thuso Mbedu has paced through hoops to become the first South African actress to score a leading role in an American series!

Mbedu has been picked to star as the lead character on Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of The Underground Railroad. The actress will be taking on the role of Cora – the main character in the critically lauded novel.

The 27 year old’s history of flirtations with Hollywood dates back to 2018 and 2019, when she received International Emmy Award nominations for her stellar portrayal of Winnie on Mzansi Magic drama series – Is’thunzi. Although she didn’t bring any of the prestigious gongs home, there’s no lack of evidence that her star has now sky rocketed to global horizons.

The Underground Railroad tells the story of a young Cora’s journey as she negotiates her way in the pre-war South, according to Variety. Following her escape from a Georgia plantation, she discovers the existence of a railroad with a secret network of tracks and tunnels.

“My thumb and neurons are failing me right”, jotted the actress on her Instagram. “So I’ll just do as most South Africans do when this happens: I GOT THE JOB!!!”

 

 

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Babes Wodumo Fined & Released on Bail

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Babes Wodumo and her sister were on Monday fined R1000 after failing to show up on court this past Friday. Real name Bongekile Simelane, Babes and her sister, Nondumiso Simelane appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The fine comes after the two had blamed their absence on a car breakdown on their way to court from Pietermaritzburg. The sistren claim to have been out of town attending gigs the night before their car’s said malfunction.

Tipcee was given a warning.

The three are being accused of assaulting a woman in Durban last month. The alleged assault came a day after Babes shared a video of her former boyfriend – Mampintsha – assaulting her on Instagram live.

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Everyone’s Talking about DJ Sbu’s Nipsey Hussle Speech

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DJ Sbu at Nipsey Hussle's memorial

He’s definitely never been afraid to step outside of the convention to make a splashy point.

From plugging his energy drink onstage at the 2015 Metro FM Music awards (and being suspended shortly after), to faking a Forbes Africa cover (which reportedly resulted in legal action), it’s quite obvious that DJ Sbu has mastered the art of shocking. Unprovoked.

The multi hyphenate media personality and entrepreneur grabbed more headlines when on Tuesday, he shared a clip in which he addresses the crowd at Nipsey Hussle’s memorial gathering in Los Angeles, California.

RELATED: THE FORBES AFRICA DJ SBU COVER THAT WASN’T 

In it, Sbu introduces himself as the ‘ambassador for Hip Hop music’. And more… so much more.

“My name is DJ Sbu. I come all the way from Johannesburg in South Africa. I’m here as an ambassador for Hip Hop music and the culture in the entire African continent. I represent musicians from the whole continent”, says the Sbu in the clip, which does not feature the rest of the speech.

While some have made fun of the questionable claims in the speech, some have commanded the successful entrepreneur’s guts.

 

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