Mental Health and Neurodiversity

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 journey eventually led me to a diagnosis of autism.  This page catalogues my writings and media on mental health and provides links to helpful resources.

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

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

Talking about it: Writing


Habib, B. (forthcoming) “Coming out twice: How my ‘nuclear meltdown’ helped me to embrace my madness and autism.” in Smith, P. (ed.) Tinfoil Hats: Stories by Mad People in an Insane World, Autonomous Press.


Zirnsak, T & Habib, B. (2022), “Learning from Each Other: An Autoethnographic Dialogue on Being Mad in the Academy” in (ed.) C. McGunnigle. Disability and the Academic Job Market, Delaware: Vernon Press, pp. 3-30.



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

Radulski, E. (2021). “An interview with La Trobe’s first openly Autistic lecturer, Dr. Benjamin Habib: Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month.” MyLatrobe. 22 April 2021.

(2020). “Dr Benjamin Habib – Lived experience with anxiety.” Brainwaves. 3CR Radio. 7th and 14th September 2020.

(2019). “Dr Benjamin Habib on living with anxiety.” Better Thinking Podcast. 31 October 2019.

(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… 

These organisations and websites may be helpful: