Dealing with any kind of anxiety is very common and these 5 celebrities have spoken on struggling with their own anxieties, opting to try therapy to overcome their problem. Some still worry their issues will reoccur and still regularly see a therapist, while others are doing their best to put their past anxieties to rest and move on as best as possible.
Amanda regularly attends therapy and believes it’s important to have help: “It’s coping with life. I’ve been told to not talk about it, but [anxiety] is so very common. I just think, you go to your doctor about heart problems, or an eye doctor if you have an infection, you have to take care of yourself. Mental health is so segregated, it sucks. You don’t necessarily have to have something chemically wrong with your brain to have mental health issues.”
Emma struggled with anxiety particularly in her younger years and went to therapy for two years: “You know, it (anxiety) ebbs and flows. It’s nowhere near as bad as when I was a kid… I feel very comfortable talking about it… I was in therapy for two years as a kid. As someone with anxiety, you’re constantly waiting for the next (attack). It’s how my mind works.”
Jennifer says she went through an anxious period in her life: “My nickname was ‘Nitro,’ as in nitroglycerin. I was hyperactive, curious about everything. When my mother told me about my childhood, she always told me there was like a light in me, a spark that inspired me constantly. When I entered school, the light went out. We never knew what it was, a kind of social anxiety. But I had friends. I went to see a shrink, nothing worked.” Jen says everything turned around when she discovered acting.
Lana struggles with panic attacks and has been to therapy: “It’s hard for me sometimes to think about going on when I know we’re going to die. Something happened in the last three years, with my panic [attacks]… It got worse. I’ve always been prone to it. I remember being four years old and I’d just seen a show on TV where the person was killed. And I turned to my parents and said, ‘Are we all going to die?’ They said ‘Yes,’ and I was totally distraught! I broke down in tears and said, ‘We have to move!’ I saw a therapist – three times. But I’m really most comfortable sitting in that chair in the studio, writing or singing.”
Rita has struggled with anxiety related to a phobia of death: “Death is my biggest phobia. I used to have panic attacks when I was little, saying, ‘Mum, I don’t want to die.’ I’ve been to therapy and still try to go every week.”