Over 40 million adults of U.S suffer from anxiety and panic disorders and celebrities are no exception in this case. Whether it’s one time event or something one constantly struggles with, dealing with it is never easy.
Here are five celebrities who have suffered from panic attacks.
“I still do get terribly nervous, and that’s partly due to the fact I think too much and overanalyze things,” she said. “I’ll start worrying about my parents or my dog, and I’ll picture him opening the window of my apartment and falling out, even though I can’t get that thing open myself.”
“Growing up, that was the big fear,” he said, while his friend Joe Beleznay added, “I would get anxiety attacks too, and we would talk each other down. It was heart palpitations, shortness of breath, coldness and shivers, strange stuff, and we’d be like, ‘You’re totally fine. You’re not having a heart attack.’ His mind works at such speed that I think he would sort of second-guess his sanity at times.”
“I thought, in two and a half years I’ll be 30, then 10 years from that I’ll be 40, then 10 years from that I’ll be 50,” she recalled of a recent panic attack. “It’s why I don’t sleep at night.”
As for how she copes? Exercise. “To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it’s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I’m glad I did. It ain’t about the ass, it’s about the brain,”
“One day after a shoot I was on a train going to a funeral and my heart was pounding; I thought I was having a heart attack,” she said of her first attack, adding, “I was so scared I reached over to this woman and said, ‘I think I’m dying.’ I called a friend to take me to hospital, where they told me it was just a panic attack. From that day, I kept having them. It was the weirdest time of my life. Sick, horrible things would go through my mind but I didn’t want to draw attention to myself… It got to the point when I couldn’t even get into the car and go to the studio.”
“It was really bad,” she said. “The first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend’s house, and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just would not stop. I would go to the nurse at lunch most days and just wring my hands. I would ask my mom to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later. I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change.”
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