Oprah, Adele, And 3 Other Celebrities Who Suffer From Anxiety And Panic Attacks
We look up to celebrities because we think they are so perfect and put together. These stars are just like us: They have the same problems but deal with it under the microscope of the entire world. And sometimes, they break down.
An estimated 18% of adults live with an anxiety disorder. It is such a large percentage for an issue that is spoken about in revered tones, almost as if the problem will disappear the less it’s talked about.
Many of us have experienced one or two symptoms of anxiety to a certain degree. It’s the nagging nervous feeling, increasing heart rate, sweating palms, and the overwhelming sense of imminent disaster.
A Problem Shared Is A Problem Half Solved
Social media makes it easier to create awareness of these issues. To change the public perception of anxiety disorders, more people are opening up about their battles and how to overcome it. Celebrities have the power to reach a wider audience, and they speak out.
1. Prince Harry
Losing his mother at the young age of 12 was a constant cause of anxiety for the prince. He had unresolved grief which he eventually dealt with, through therapy.
2. David Bowie
The late singer created another persona to deal with his shyness. Ziggy Stardust, like Beyonce's Sasha Fierce, was a coping mechanism for David Bowie. Before his death, he spoke out about his anxiety, but as long as he could be someone else on stage, he captured millions of hearts.
3. Oprah Winfrey
She made us fall in love with her zest for life. But it is not all pretty under the surface. Oprah was sexually abused as a child, and it's something that stayed with her for a long time. She learned how to use the power of positive words to push herself.
She once told Access Hollywood:
I will tell you when I realized that 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.
Oprah lives through the advice she gives others, and that is why we will always adore her.
4. Emma Stone
The Easy A actress has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since she was a little child. How did she deal with it? You guessed right - acting. She said acting helped her focus her mind and steer it away from distractions.
She is a goddess on the stage. Little did we know, it was Beyonce who helped her get her confidence up. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the singer revealed that her performance schedule was taking its toll on her and she suffered from anxiety attacks.
After meeting with the "Single Ladies" singer, Adele created her own alter ego, Sasha Carter. A combination of Sasha Fierce and June Carter. She has been unstoppable ever since.
Here is a powerful performance from the singer:
Going The Extra Mile
The rapper Logic increased engagement for the national suicide prevention lifeline with his hit song. The title "1800 273 8255" is the suicide helpline.
With the right amount of support, most people have been able to fight their panic disorder. One can feel utterly miserable when suffering from anxiety, but it can be managed. There isn’t one solution, but it helps to:
- exercise more;
- eat right;
- prioritize time for self;
- talk to friends and family;
- consult a therapist.
If you know anyone who might be suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, you can share this article with them, so you might be saving a friend.
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