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News I've fought anxiety since I was just 5; MUM'S FILM TO HELP FELLOW MENTAL HEALTH SUFFERERS.

Byline: STEPHANIE BALLOO News Reporter stephanie.balloo@trinitymirror.com @birminghammail

AN Erdington mum has made a moving film chronicling her battle with anxiety and depression from the age of FIVE.

Louise Brown, now 20, has teamed up with the charity Fixers, which supports young people with everything from cyberbullying to transphobia, to create the film.

I was reclusive very quiet - I felt and Louise In the short film, which Louise says is 'a glimpse behind the mask of the people of the world', she recites a poem written about her own battle with mental health.

She describes her struggle as a "tug-of-war we all know" and says "to my overthinking, I am a slave" - telling viewers "You are not alone."

"From as young as five I remember feeling really bad about myself and thinking that I wanted to die," confesses Louise, who is now a youth worker at the YMCA in Sutton Coldfield.

shy and and was in school isolated alone.

Brown "I was shy and reclusive and was very quiet in school - I felt isolated and alone."

She said her family shares a history of mental health illness, with her mum suffering from post-natal depression after giving birth to her. When she was seven, Louise's anxiety affected her sleep and she was taken to see a psychiatrist.

"One night I saw a shadow in my room and it terrified me," she recalls. "For weeks afterwards I couldn't sleep because I thought someone was in there.

"I told my parents that I'd seen something but they didn't understand how much it had affected me."

Louise's depression and anxiety continued to affect her during her childhood and teenage years, during which she suffered from anxiety and feeling low.

She was prescribed antidepressants at the age of 16 and received cognitive behavioural therapy to help her cope.

"Writing poetry, like the piece I read in the film, provided me with a creative outlet to help me through," she adds.

Louise, who plans to share her film on social media, hopes her campaign will encourage people to talk about mental health. "I want the film to show people that you can get through mental illness," she explains. "It's a part of your life but it isn't all that you are.

"I know I'll always have depression and anxiety but I wanted to use my experiences for something good."

I was shy and reclusive and was very quiet in school - I felt isolated and alone. Louise Brown

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