There are time where I forget that other people have anxiety and I get caught up in trying to conceal it. But when I realize others are also experiencing what I have, I feel more at ease and am more open about my struggle with this condition. Sometimes we just need a little reminder that anyone can have anxiety, regardless of who they are. There are even a number of celebrities who have opened up about their anxiety. It just goes to show you that you don’t have to let anxiety slow you down. That being said, here are 7 famous people who have anxiety:
You would never know it but Adele not only suffers from panic attacks but she also has a social phobia that gives her extreme stage fright. Among her symptoms, Adele would experience nausea and her heart rate would increase rather quickly. She has even revealed how social anxiety would effect her to the point where she would be performing and she would need to run off stage to vomit. The singer has also mentioned that this condition has limited her ability to perform. But this hasn’t slowed her down as she is expected to release her new album soon and tour in 2015.
2) Kate Moss
During a Calvin Klein photo shoot, Kate recalls having her first anxiety attack. She described her experience to Vanity Fair as follows: “I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks and I thought I was going to die.” Kate also said that it took the help of a friend to discover that she was suffering from anxiety.
3) Emma Stone
For this young star, anxiety and panic attacks started at the early age of 8. This later transformed into her experiencing agoraphobia. Even as a child she remembers not wanting to go to her friend’s house because of how immobilizing anxiety was. And while she still deals with anxiety attacks, she has learned numerous coping strategies over the years which have helped to ease the symptoms.
4) Scarlett Johansson
You wouldn’t think anything could stop this gorgeous actress. But she has had her battle with anxiety too. It started on a set of one of her movies where she started feeling the anxiety build. By the end of the first scene she reportedly felt “dead from anxiety”. Knowing that she couldn’t complete a whole movie like this, she learned to cope and calm herself down.
5) Woody Allen
Maybe the reason why Woody Allen was able to play a number of anxiety-stricken Jewish characters so well was because the characters hit home. After all, Woody Allen has said that the inspiration for his characters usually comes from his real-life battle with anxiety. In interviews he has said that he constantly faces depression, terror and anxiety. Even with this condition though he has managed to have a long-lasting successful career that has spanned over 50 years.
6) Johnny Depp
This actor is not new to anxiety and has been suffering from panic attacks for years. While it may not show on the big-screen, in interviews his social anxiety often comes through in his nervous gestures and in his overall uncomfortable state.
7) John Mayer
At the age of 17, this pops singer started experiencing anxiety attacks and feared he was going insane and would eventually be sent to a mental institution. Even now at 36, he always keeps his anti-anxiety medication in his pocket just in case he suffers an attack.
So there you go, celebrities go through the exact same things as everyone else. So don’t think that your anxiety has to bring you down, because these people didn’t let it effect them. They have learned to live with it and have managed to amount to great things. So don’t make excuses. If you want something, GET IT! The sky is the limit and this does not need to be an obstacle that prevents you from fulfilling your dreams.
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