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The Pacific voice on
New Zealand television
since 1987

Misconceptions: Unravelling Anxiety

Unravelling Anxiety, the second instalment in Digital Alchemist’s ‘Misconceptions’ series, is a 10-part online video series that delves into the experience of living with anxiety. With the support of NZ On Air, this web series aims to dispel myths, challenge stigmas, and reassure those dealing with anxiety that they are not alone.

Catch all the episodes of Unravelling Anxiety here on TP+

Remember – Anxiety is a universal emotion, but it becomes challenging when it lingers without a valid reason, resembling an overly sensitive alarm system within the body. If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, know that you’re not alone. Help is always available. 

If you or someone that you care about is struggling with anxious feelings, 1737 is a free service for New Zealanders feeling down, anxious, a bit overwhelmed or just need to chat with someone. Text or call for free 24/7.

Finding hope. Misconceptions: Unravelling anxiety, Episode 10

Although you may never completely get rid of your anxiety, living with it can become easier.

Supporting someone with anxiety. Misconceptions: Unravelling anxiety, Episode 9

It can be hard to know how to react when someone tells you they have anxiety. Social media personality Krystine Nation and TikTok star Leighton Clark (AKA Uncle Tics) know what not to say.

Getting help. Misconceptions: Unravelling anxiety, Episode 8

There’s help out there for everyone – even if it can take a while to find what works for you. But the experts agree that the first step is talking to someone.

Making it work. Misconceptions: Unravelling anxiety, Episode 7

From putting on a ‘work persona’ to educating colleagues about mental health, different people have different ways of managing anxiety at work.

Anxiety plus. Misconceptions: Unravelling anxiety, Episode 6

“The thing about health problems and mental health challenges is that they often hunt in packs,” says Dr Terry Fleming, Associate Professor at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington.


Around one in four New Zealanders will experience anxiety disorder in their lifetimes, making it a widespread but often unspoken experience.

Anxiety is a common human experience, but it becomes a problem when it’s unjustified and persistent. Some liken it to an overactive alarm system in the body.

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