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Jordan Stephens talks about ADHD and anxiety on Happy Place

Jordan Stephens opened up about his experiences with body dysmorphia, ADHD, addiction and anxiety on the “Happy Place” podcast this week. The former Rizzle Kicks star, who is dating Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall, opened up about his struggles with empathetic host Fearne Cotton as he spoke poignantly about the importance of speaking up. “I feel sad sometimes when I don’t feel like I’m as fit as I can be. It’s something I’m working on. I talk to my girlfriend about it,” he said. revealed.

The 30-year-old burst onto the scene as one half of British hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks in 2010 with their chart-topping releases like ‘Prophet (Better Watch It)’ and ‘Down with the Trumpets’. However, his rise to fame coincided with worsening mental health issues associated with his ADHD. Alongside the release of his new book, “The Missing Piece,” Stephens spoke candidly about his experiences with anxiety, explaining that he often feels like a “misfit.” “There will be this selfish part of me that wants everyone to know I’m amazing. Do you know what I mean?” he says. “I want everyone to be like, ‘oh, he’s so amazing! Talk about cool? What about this guy? This guy is the coolest.'” When his need for validation from others overwhelms him, he turns to Thirlwall who he has been dating for over two years. “I’ll say that shit to my girlfriend and she’ll be like, ‘What the fuck? You cool!’ I need these people to say that,'” he said.

Stephens was diagnosed with ADHD while taking his GCSEs, but never really “took it seriously”. It wasn’t until he was diagnosed as an adult on Harley Street that Stephens began to understand what it’s like to live with ADHD. He began to self-medicate, alongside using other harder drugs to reduce anxiety as his career skyrocketed. Later, Stephens was prescribed an effective ADHD medication that helped him with his “noisy brain”, although he no longer takes any medications at all.

Alongside his ADHD, Stephens revealed he struggles with body dysmorphia – a mental health condition in which a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance, even though those flaws are often unnoticeable to others. . “I think it’s actually a very common problem for men, women too. But I haven’t heard that many discussions about our point of view… I think it happens in a strange way and extreme, but I can only speak for myself,” he told Cotton. Although maintaining a healthy diet helps keep his anxiety in check, the added layer of body dysmorphia, which he describes as one of his “compulsive behaviors,” can make it difficult. “Food stresses me out beyond belief,” he says.

No doubt Stephen’s honesty will help others struggling with similar issues, especially when talking to those around us.

If you or someone you know is having similar issues, the Samaritans are available 24/7 to discuss anything you need.