Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards has opened up about suffering with panic attacks and being so overcome by anxiety that she "didn't want to leave the house".

The 25-year-old star said she still struggles with anxiety and "probably always will" but hopes that by telling her story, her fans going through similar things will know they are not alone.

"Over the past few years I have suffered really badly with anxiety and panic attacks," Edwards shared on her Instagram account.

"When I first started to feel the effects of anxiety I thought I was losing my mind and it terrified me. I felt so alone and like I was the first person in the world to ever experience it."

She continued, "It affected me so badly that I didn't even want to leave the house. I would step foot out the door and feel the overwhelming need to go straight back inside. It completely took over my life."

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The former X Factor contestant has undergone therapy and revealed that "discovering I'm not alone" was something that helped her the most.

"I've had a relationship with my mind for 25 years now, so to feel it working against me sometimes makes me feel like a prisoner in my own head," she said.

"It feels like the most unnatural thing in the world but the thing that helped me the most was discovering I'm not alone. I'm not the only person going through this. There are people all over the world feeling the exact same way I do."

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She added of her decision to open up about her experiences, "I don't want to hide it anymore. I suffer from anxiety and I want you to all know if you suffer from anxiety you're not alone."

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