The term “panic attack” gets tossed around a lot to describe normal, everyday scenarios that might make a person anxious. Unfortunately, for those living with an anxiety disorder, these attacks are anything but normal. The constant worry and tension can be exhausting and even debilitating.
While many people try to downplay and hide their symptoms, some celebrities have chosen to speak out about their struggles with anxiety instead. They’re able to start a conversation about how they manage the disorder and get through the panic attacks. Their bravery also helps others better understand what they are experiencing, and feel more comfortable talking about it and reaching out for help.
Selena Gomez has been in the public eye since she was 10 years old. Now 26, the actress, singer, and producer is one of the most-followed celebrities on Instagram. She has been vocal about her lifelong struggle with depression and anxiety, even cancelling shows and taking breaks from social media. She says therapy has been a huge help, but she doesn’t think it’s something she’ll ever completely overcome.
Champion Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has revealed that his battles with mental health got so bad, he contemplated taking his own life.
In the film Angst, Phelps tells a young boy, “I just didn’t like who I was. If something was bothering me that would start to come up, and I would start feeling angry or depressed or upset, I would almost ignore it.”
He says it wasn’t until he opened up and started talking about it that things got easier.
The Netflix film Gaga: Five Foot Two gave everyone insight into how anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder affect pop star Lady Gaga.
“I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do,” Lady Gaga told The Mirror in 2016. “I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ And ’fess up to it.’”
Gaga says that in order to relax her anxiety, she constantly reminds herself that she is brave and courageous. She encourages others to talk about mental health so nobody ever feels like they are in it alone.
Being a successful actor hasn’t stopped superstar Ryan Reynolds from experiencing severe anxiety. The Deadpool actor told the New York Times that he still gets a stomach ache before every public appearance, and went through an unhealthy partying phase in his 20s, which was related to his anxiety. He said he would often wake up in the middle of the night feeling paralyzed by anxiety about his life, and even started to self-medicate.
If you or someone you love is dealing with an anxiety disorder alone, contact Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center. Our team of experts can help determine what next steps will get you on your way to a healthier, happier life.