Hurrah For Amanda’s Anxiety!October 10, 2011 1 Comment
I’m not happy she has panic attacks, but I’m certainly pleased she’s being so open about it.
Last week Amanda Seyfried admitted that she has been suffering from extreme panic attacks and irrational fears or worries. Everyone is blaming her star status. Understandably, the high pressure of being a celebrity, tight filming schedules, and guest appearances — all while looking flawless — could put a damper on someone’s mental health.
Sounds like an average Thursday for me. Panic attacks suck. It is as if the walls are caving in, everyone is against you, and life as you know it is about to end. I have become very familiar with this type of feeling, being a sufferer of panic attacks and obsessive behaviours myself. Well, turns out I am not alone.
Only I never was. One in 20 Americans, that’s 5 percent, suffer from panic attacks on a regular basis. It’s nice for the disorder to be associated with a beautiful, successful actress instead of a murderous mob boss.
“It would make sense that people with these types of traits can be highly successful,” Stephen Whiteside of the Mayo Clinic told ABC News. He believes that, even though there is minimal research on the topic, people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (associated with panic disorders) could easily tend to be high achievers. I may not be a celebrity, but I definitely fit in the category of obsessive and high-achieving. It is nice to know that something so annoying could also bring me success.
We love celebrities and when they suffer we feel their pain. If we were willing to extend that much sympathy to our colleagues and neighbours, then mental health could just be treated like another disease.
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