Nadiya: Anxiety And Me

Confirmed for BBC One on 15 May at 9pm to 10pm

Ep 1/1

Wednesday 15 May



Since Nadiya Hussain won Bake Off in 2015 she’s rarely been off our screens. Despite her incredible success, Nadiya has been living with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks since childhood. In Nadiya: Anxiety And Me, she shares her journey through her first course of therapy.

For a long time, Nadiya has kept her anxiety a secret. After years of struggling in silence, she is ready to find out where her anxiety comes from and how to treat it. Nadiya hopes her openness will inspire others to seek help and fight the stigma associated with mental health issues.

While Nadiya is sure that she has some sort of anxiety disorder, she has never been fully diagnosed. A GP refers her to a specialist for a course of cognitive behavioural therapy. Her raw and honest therapy sessions help her to reveal the buried memories and key moments from her past that have led to her anxiety. 

Nadiya meets others who also have her condition in the hope of understanding her own issues and how anxiety is affecting the nation’s health. Nadiya also learns about the range of treatments available, from medication to online support groups.

Young people are particularly vulnerable to experiencing anxiety. Nadiya meets students at Hove Park School in Brighton, which takes an unusually open and proactive approach to supporting the mental health of their students. Nadiya emerges hopeful that the next generation will be better equipped to cope with the pressures on their mental health.