Andrea "seeks therapy"

Andrea

HAPPY The women who welcome Andrea McLean can receive therapy to help cope with early menopause. The star says she was previously too scared to share her concerns with a counselor.

Instead, she faced anxiety by portraying the image of a perfect "Stepford wife's robot".

She said: "The reason I have not gone to therapy is because I was too afraid to open the box.

"But somehow writing my book about menopause has been like therapy, but therapy is a great idea and I would consider it.

"I've had counseling for couples, which did not work, but I've never really had one on one."

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SPEAKING: Andrea

"I grew up being a good girl and trying to make my parents proud, but the drawback was that I never showed weakness"

Andrea McClean

Andrea has suffered from anxiety throughout her life, but her problems increased when a hysterectomy in 2016 led her to have an early menopause.

She said: "I grew up being a good girl and trying to make my parents proud, but the drawback was that I never showed weakness.

"I became a Stepford wife who pretended that everything was fine, I was almost robotic but inside I was laughing.

"But now I do not have to hide it and that's liberating."

Andrea likes to talk about mental health issues.

She added: "Trying to stop or ignore anxiety is the worst thing that can be done.

"Now I face myself completely."

The confessions of a menopausal woman are already out.