Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan, recently posted about her anxiety attacks. She also stated on Instagram that talking to her boyfriend Nupur Shikhare and breathing have ‘helped make it not come to an attack.’ She also shared a photo of herself after taking a shower just after an anxiety attack.
Ira Khan can be seen in the photo wearing a beige nightgown as she stands in front of a mirror taking a mirror selfie. Sharing this pic, she wrote, “I’ve started getting anxiety attacks. I’ve had anxiety. And I used to get overwhelmed. And have crying fits. But I’ve never had anxiety attacks before. It’s the difference between panic and panic attacks. Anxiety versus anxiety attacks. As far as I understand it (anxiety attacks), they have physiological symptoms.
Palpitations, breathlessness. Plus crying. And it builds. Slowly. Feels like impending doom. This is what mine feels like. I do not know what a panic attack is like. It’s a really crappy feeling. My therapist said if it’s become regular (context, I had 1 or 2 over 2 months versus almost every day now), I needed to tell my doctor/psychiatrist.”
Ira continued, “In case anyone needed words to describe how they’re feeling and this can be of any help. It feels pretty helpless. Because I really want to go to sleep (it usually happens at night for me) but I can’t because it won’t stop. I try to identify my fears, talk myself down. But once it’s hit you, I haven’t found a way to stop it. You kind of need to ride it out. So far. That’s what I’ve figured. But while it’s building, talking to Popeye and breathing has helped make it not come to an attack. At least for a few hours. It also depends on if I get re-stressed by another stimulus later. Life’s full of variables. If you’re trying to be mindful, remember to take them all into account. Hang in there. P.s. This is me after a long shower after an attack. Showers are a beautiful thing. More on that later.”
Ira Khan has always been quite open about her struggles with mental illness. She revealed that she was diagnosed with clinical depression in October 2020.
“Hi, I’m depressed. I have been for more than four years now. I’ve been to a doctor and I’m clinically depressed. I’m doing much better now. For over a year now, I wanted to do something for mental health, but I wasn’t sure what to do. So, I have decided to take you on a journey, my journey, and see what happens. Hopefully, we will get to know ourselves slightly better, understand mental illness better,” Ira had said in a video.