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Years & Years singer Olly Alexander opens up about suffering from anxiety

Nick Duffy December 2, 2015

Years & Years singer Olly Alexander has opened up about taking medication to control his anxiety and depression.

The out musician, 25, revealed he is being treated for anxiety in an interview with Attitude magazine.

He explained of his childhood: “I was quite troubled at school, I was bullied. For whatever reason, like family life and my parents divorcing around that time, I had a messy childhood.”

Opening up about his treatment, he said: “Being a teenager is f***ing horrible for a lot of people, anyway… depression and anxiety on top of that becomes a very layered, complicated thing.

“I got to a point where I wouldn’t go to school, and wouldn’t get out of bed. I would have panic attacks. I was really bad, shaking, crying and hyperventilating.

“I saw a doctor but he wasn’t that helpful.”

He added: “Later on I got prescribed medication for depression and anxiety,’ he told Attitude magazine.

“I’ve seen therapists, counsellors and been on medication forever.

“I’m on medication now, but for anxiety more than anything, and still see a therapist.”

Read the full interview in Attitude, out tomorrow.

More: anxiety, Gay, Health, LGBT, Olly Alexander, singer, Years & Years

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