Peter Andre attends the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on July 1, 2016 in London, England
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Peter Andre thought he’d die during ‘horrific’ panic attacks

He wants to raise awareness of mental health

Peter Andre has opened up about experiencing panic attacks.

The dad-of-four, 45, revealed he thought he was going to die during his panic attack episodes during an interview with Heat magazine for their Where’s Your Head At? mental health campaign.

Pete said he suffered panic attacks “every day for years” (Credit: FameFlynet)

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He told the publication: “I remember when I had my first panic attack, which was horrific… At the time, you think you are going to die.

“There is nothing anybody could tell you that is going make you understand that you’re not going die from it. It’s just a fear.”

Peter said he suffered panic attacks “every day for years” but realised talking about the issue was “the only way to get better”.

Peter said raising awareness of mental health is important because of the number of young people affected.

The star – who is a dad to sons Junior, 13, and Theo, one, and daughters Princess, 11, and Amelia, four, – said campaigns like Where’s Your Head At? are a support system that he didn’t have growing up.

Eventually, Pete sought professional help for his panic attacks and said it was a relief to have someone explain how he could overcome what he was feeling.

This isn’t the first time Pete has opened up about dealing with anxiety.

During an appearance on This Morning last year, he said he had therapy “for years”.

He explained: “Both [medication and therapy] worked for me… and for the people on the medication [who] say ‘Yes, I feel great’, I agree it can make you feel better, but I think you’re just wiping the problem under the carpet.”

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However, Peter said that for him the medication allowed him to get to “a level where I could talk about it”.

He added: “So both of them worked for me, and now I’m medication free. You need to talk to somebody about it. Get to the bottom of the problem. I had therapy for years.”

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