How Celebrities Deal with Anxiety
Anxiety can affect every aspect of your life. Some of the symptoms experienced by those who suffer from anxiety disorder are: nervousness, a rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, panic and a vague sense of impending doom.
Anxiety disorder touches 18% of adults. Even celebrities are not immune. Here’s what a few of them said about their experience with anxiety.
Lawrence began dealing with anxiety as a teen. At first, she didn’t know what it was.
“When I started school, the light went out. It was never known what it was, a kind of social anxiety,” she says. She finally went to a therapist who gave her prescription medication.
“I find a certain peace by thinking of me in public as sort of an avatar self. You out there can have the avatar me. I can keep me. And I just try to acknowledge that this scrutiny is stressful, and that anyone would find it stressful,” she recently told the New York Times.
The Academy Award-nominated actress has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since she was a kid. “The first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend’s house, and I thought the house was burning down,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just would not stop.”
What helped Emma cope? Acting! “There’s something about the immediacy of acting,” she said. “You can’t afford to think about a million other things. You have to think about the task at hand. Acting forces me to sort of be like a Zen master: What is happening right in this moment?”
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For years, Whoopi grappled with airline travel phobia, or fear of flying, after witnessing a mid-air collision on the balcony of her hotel room. She avoided flying for nearly 30 years. Exposure therapy, an airline program for anxious flyers, helped to end her decades of being grounded. “Some people are meant to fly,” she said. “And I don’t know if I was meant to fly, but I do it now.
Yes, even Oprah suffers the occasional anxiety attack. She says, “In the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing. I thought, ‘All right, if I don’t calm down I’m gonna be in serious trouble.’ I was in the middle of doing voiceovers, you know? And I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain.”
The action star says, “I… struggle with anxiety sometimes, especially when promoting films like this (Captain America).” “Just the life of doing what I do, being in the public eye, it’s a stressful environment.”