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Emily Bradley has lived with anxiety her entire life.
She lives in Cotteridge, Birmingham, with her husband Chris and explains that she’s always experienced anxious thoughts – but it wasn’t until a few years back that she realised they were a problem.
The 33-year-old tells Metro.co.uk: ‘I think I would probably say that I’ve always had a baseline level of anxiety, and I just didn’t recognise it as anxiety until more recently.
‘When I was younger I had worrying thoughts quite a lot and would overthink things, and I had a lot of sleep difficulties.
‘I really recognised it as anxiety about three years ago, I had a lot going on in my personal life and work was really busy and I just started to get really overwhelmed with severe panic attacks.
‘That’s when I started to realise that it was something …