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George Michael cancels tour: too much, too soon?

October 1, 2012

Pop star George Michael’s cancellation of his Australian tour due to ongoing problems with anxiety show us that even the most outwardly-confident can be struck by mental distress.

Michael survived a life-threatening bout of pneumonia last year and told the Associated Press:

“By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year’s illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience.

“They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I’m afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself.”

Anxiety disorders affect one in 20 Australians at any given time, and can be debilitating enough that you will not be able to function day-to-day.

The stigma associated with mental illness can sometimes mean we push ourselves to do too much, too soon.  A relapse does not mean you are a weak person.  It just means you have more work to do.

Staying in touch with your counsellor or psychologist and working together on ways to manage your recovery are essential.  The road is not always a straight or linear one, but you will get there.

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