Ellie Goulding is the latest celebrity to smash mental illness stigmas by talking openly about suffering from debilitating panic attacks, and how she got help for them. The singer opened up to Canadian magazine Flare to discuss how she got a hold on her panic attacks with the help of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. According to Dr. Ben Martin, CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel.

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Goulding talked a little about her triggers and the severity of the panic attacks, which sometimes kept her from leaving the house.

By having cognitive behavioural therapy. I was skeptical at first because I’d never had therapy, but not being able to leave the house was so debilitating. And this was when my career was really taking off. My surroundings would trigger a panic attack, so I couldn’t go to the studio unless I was lying down in the car with a pillow over my face. I used to beat myself up about it.

So far, she says that she finally feels in control of the attacks.

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Sources: Mashable