Samia Longchambon appeared on Loose Women on Tuesday and discussed how medics diagnosed her with asthma when she couldn’t take a deep breath
Corrie star Samia Longchambon has revealed that doctors first diagnosed her anxiety as asthma.
The actress who plays Maria Connor on the ITV soap told how her mum Patsy Ghadie took her to the doctors as a child when she was suffering from breathing difficulties.
She revealed to the Loose Women panel on Tuesday that medics failed to spot her issues were from crippling anxiety.
The 39-year-old admitted that she has struggled with her mental health from a young age and confessed that she still struggles with anxiety as an adult.
Appearing on the lunchtime talk show via video link, Samia said: “Everyone who knows me has always known I’m quite an anxious person.
“I’m known for being a bit of a worrier and being really cautious with everything.
“I’ve had anxiety since I was a child and when I was a child, my mum took me to the doctors and the doctor first diagnosed asthma because I couldn’t get a deep breath.
“So they ended up giving me inhalers when I was about 11 thinking that it was asthma but it wasn’t, it was anxiety.”
Samia said mental health in youngsters wasn’t commonly discussed when she was a child.
And she told the panel that while she hasn’t always spoke about her anxiety, she’s never shied away from the subject.
“I think as a child back then in the early nineties, it wasn’t really talked about, children’s mental health or having issues like that,” she said.
“But I’ve never hid it, I’ve just never publicly talked about it, I’ve never been asked about it or else I would have talked about it.”
When asked about how lockdown had affected her she added: “Yeah that was really anxiety-inducing listening to the news every day in the early days of the pandemic.
“But I think being at home, for me, I’m such a home bird anyway, I’m way happier with a takeout on the couch rather than being out with lots of people in a bar.
“I’ve always kinda been like that, so that side of it I quite enjoyed not having to go places and see lots of people.”
She continued: “I’m just happier being with my family and my close friends at home anyway, so that side of it, I actually felt was better for my anxiety in some ways.”
Earlier in the year, Samia started training as a therapist so should could better understand cognitive behavioural therapy and how it works.
She revealed she decided to do this because her anxiety had been quite bad over the last few years. She admitted she didn’t know if this had anything to do with being a mum and her kids growing up.
She added: “So over the years I’ve had loads of different types of therapy to try and help and I just wanted to get an insight to what’s behind the therapy and how it works and sort of be my own therapist.”