Jennifer Zamparelli has opened up about having panic attacks and asking herself "big questions" after a milestone birthday in April.

The RTÉ 2fm presenter, who appeared on Deirdre O'Kane Talks Funny on RTÉ One on Saturday, admitted she "struggled" and "absolutely lost my mind turning 40".

"It was April and we were at the start of the pandemic. I started having panic attacks and asking myself really big questions like 'where am I going... what am I doing?' and 'am I happy in my life?'

"I think you are faced with your own mortality when you are in a pandemic."

"Turning 40 was crazy and unlike any other milestone birthday. I really struggled - selfishly I did. I went to see a psychotherapist and just talked."

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Zamparelli, who has two children, Florence and Enzo with her husband Lau, explained how she felt like she "lost" herself.

"I had so much planned for this year with my family and had a lot to look forward to  and it was all gone. I'm dealing with it better now."

"I got a big dose of perspective and now when asked to do a gig, I ask at what cost. I used to miss events because of work. Now I value my personal life too much."

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The former The Apprentice star also recalled how she was a victim of bullying in school, and admitted she fears bullies will target her children, after she had her "head kicked in" as a teen.

"It's one of those things that I look back now and I’ve let it go, you know, and it’s awful because so many people go through it."

"And one thing about bullies is they don't discriminate. They could pick on anybody…"

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She continued: "I had a duffel coat on in the playground that she [the bully] didn't like and that was it, you know, I was getting my head kicked in at the school gate most days."

"And really, I talk a good talk, but I hate a scrap. I do. So that was difficult. I’ll never forget that feeling of being in the school bathroom and just being terrified to leave."

"And that’s my biggest fear with the young one and the young fella [her children], is I never want them to go through that…"

"I never want them to do that to anybody else, I think that would even be worse for me, and I’m really conscious of it."

You can catch the full interview on the RTÉ Player.