Mental Health and Anxiety

On 8th February 2016 I suffered a panic attack on national television, which led me to start writing publicly about my personal experiences with anxiety and depression.  This page catalogues my writings on mental health and provides links to helpful resources.

Ben’s infamous ABC News Breakfast interview, 8 February 2016

Talking about it: Writing

Ben Habib – “What if Feels Like to Freeze on National Television.” Republished by The Drum, Mamamia, Huffington Post, 11 February 2016.

Ben Habib – “Jam Session: Understanding my anxiety through basketball.” 22 February 2016.

Ben Habib – “Kick-Drum Therapy: Hard Music as My Anxiety Medicine.”

Ben Habib – “Riding the Tiger: My Journey Public Speaking with Anxiety.”

Ben Habib – “A Load Off My Shoulders: Removing My Social Armour.”

Ben Habib – “Drifting in Darkness: Battling the Depression that Accompanies Anxiety.”

Ben Habib – “What It Feels Like for an Anxious Introvert to Freeze on National Television.” Introvert, Dear. 18 August 2016.

Ben Habib – “I Put on My Social Armour to Cope With My Anxiety.” Introvert Dear. 01 September 2016.

Ben Habib – “The Hostile Workplace: Finished Before Your Time.”

Ben Habib – “Anxiety and Green Space: The Nature of Healthy Escapism.”

Talking about it: Media

(2019). “Interview.” Up All Night with Dotun Adebayo. BBC Radio 5. 19 August 2019.

(2019). “Three years ago Dr Benjamin Habib came into the studio to give us his analysis on North Korea – yet a panic attack cut the interview short.” ABC News Breakfast. 15 August 2019.

Wood, P. (2019) “How Ben Habib’s panic attack on TV was a turning point in his battle with anxiety.” ABC News. 16 August 2019.

Georgie Harman, Beyond Blue. “Anxiety Awareness.” ABC News Breakfast. 18 April 2016.

Anatomy of a Meltdown.” The Project. Ten Network Television. 12 February 2016.

Interview with Jon Faine.” Mornings with John Faine. 774 ABC Radio Melbourne. 11 February 2016.

Get help…

This first step is the hardest psychological barrier to overcome, but it will be the most beneficial. To start, see your local GP and/or get in contact with Lifeline or Beyond Blue.

If you are at LTU, the La Trobe University Counselling Service (for LTU students and staff) can also be a good first port of call. Other universities and education institutions have their own in-house counselling services.

These websites may also be helpful: