Speaking before he quit BBC’s glitzy Strictly Come Dancing, singer Will Young has opened up about his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how performing helped him battle symptoms of the psychological disorder.
Discussing the condition, Anna Thompson – Personal Injury Solicitor – explains how many of her clients suffer from trauma following an injury.
Tackling the perception that PTSD is only developed after a single traumatic event, such as a road accident or sexual abuse, Will Young has previously expressed that his condition was triggered by a culmination of challenging circumstances.
He explained that he developed PTSD back in 2012; however it was not as a result of a specific trauma, instead it was a result of various issues, such as hiding his sexuality, being bullied at school and being separated from his twin brother at birth.
Young explained that he developed PTSD as his psychological health “slowly started to unravel” until it reached a point that he “couldn’t see [his] face in the mirror, [he] couldn’t recognise places or family or friends.”
At the same time as developing PTSD, Will Young suffered from depersonalisation and derealisation, conditions associated with disengagement and a feeling that the world around you is not real.
Young’s admission came in an interview with TV station London Live, which was filmed before he quit Strictly Come Dancing, but was only aired after he left the show for personal reasons.
Tackling The Condition
During his interview, Young explained how he overcame PTSD and attributed performing on stage and the relationship with his fans as the reason he was able to pull through the condition.
Young also sought help in a dedicated trauma centre, Khiron House, where therapists identified Young’s PTSD and helped him avoid “being on a cocktail of medication”.
Identifying the condition was an important part of Young’s rehabilitation, as he claimed that a lot of sufferers are misdiagnosed for bipolar disorder, which would require different management techniques than PTSD.
Explaining his relationship with fans as “completely spiritual” and “beautiful” Young claimed that it was his fans that saved his life and pulled him through having PTSD.
Debilitating Nature Of PTSD
Young’s candid interview highlighted many aspects of PTSD, from the importance of correct diagnosis through to the difficult road to recovery.
Commenting on Young’s interview Anna said:
“This brave interview highlights a number of important issues relating to PTSD and those currently battling with the condition should take heed of the lessons that can be taken from his comments.”
“Many of the clients that I help come to terms with an injury are suffering from PTSD, as the trauma of an accident can do serious psychological damage.”
“In this instance, Will Young developed the condition over a period of time and viewed the disorder as arising because of a culmination of various issues.”
“We see a lot of our clients struggle with the same symptoms as Will Young and in many instances the recovery from PTSD can be more difficult than the rehabilitation from physical injury.”
“Our advice to clients that suffer from PTSD is to seek out the best possible psychological treatment – as Will did in Khiron House – which can make a big difference to the rehabilitation process.”
“We often help organise treatment for clients and ensure that they receive the best care from the early stages of their recovery.”
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