showbizAll went well again with Dutch singer Duncan Lawrence (28). In 2020, he suddenly had to deal with panic attacks that seriously damaged his mental health. In the “Open Card” YouTube series, the coach of “The Voice Kids” talks candidly about how the attacks made it difficult for him and how he eventually dealt with it. “I thought I was going to die, literally. Such an anxious attack really feels that way.”
For example, Duncan talks about his first experience with a panic attack. “The first time it happened was during the alternative version of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020. Someone in the management mistook me by saying before I went up: 80 million people are watching you now. And I really panicked.” The singer can still vividly remember the feeling: “I thought I was going to die, literally. Such an anxious attack really feels that way. It never bothered me, but since I was forced at that moment I’ve had a number of them.”
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After the Eurovision Song Contest, the world ended in a pandemic, where concerts, for example, had no place. This was not the time for Duncan to deal with panic attacks. Due to various shutdowns, the singer has received some triggers. “It was a tough period to give it a place because I also didn’t do any training to get through it. I couldn’t cross. I had to sit at home. We didn’t know what was going to happen tomorrow. It just made me panic, because: How long do I have to cross this? How long? Will it take before I can get out and back in again?” he says.
Fortunately, Lawrence got a chance to work on the stumbling block in the meantime. “I now rely on some of the exercises and tools that have been given to me. As a result, it often doesn’t exist anymore. You shouldn’t deny it either. Denial only makes it worse.” The handles Duncan got look successful, because he hasn’t had more panic attacks since December. “I’ve been feeling cold and well for a long time.”
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