Celebrities who have struggled with anxiety and panic attacks

Elizabeth Olsen recalls having frequent panic attacks on the streets of New York: "I just thought I was going to drop dead at any moment"

Stars Insider

04/10/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Mental health

More and more celebs have opened up about their struggles with anxiety, and lots of them have even had debilitating panic attacks. When it comes down to it, the idols we see as unendingly confident and powerful are also just vulnerable human beings dealing with the same issues as the rest of us, only with millions of eyes watching their every move. 

Elizabeth Olsen recently opened up about when she started to experience panic attacks in New York at the age of 21, a feeling that was "very weird" to her because she was not anxious as a child. "I remember I would get [panic attacks] on the hour every hour," Olsen said in an interview with Variety published October 3. "I used to live on 13th Street between 6th and 7th. I was crossing 6th Avenue at 14th Street, and I realized I couldn't cross the street—I stood up against the wall, and I just thought I was going to drop dead at any moment."

The 'WandaVision' star continued, "If I went from cold to hot, hot to cold, full to hungry, hungry to full—any kind of shift in my body, my whole body thought, 'Uh oh, something's wrong!'" She added, "A ENT doctor said that it could be vertigo related because it was all about truly spinning. So it was an interesting six months." To cope with the feelings, Olsen would use a grounding technique called "repetition,"  in which "You just are constantly making observations about the person in front of you and you're just trying to connect," a technique also conveniently used in acting. "When I would walk down the street, I would just start naming everything I saw out loud to get myself out of the spiraling thoughts in my brain," she said. 

Check out this gallery and see the other stars who have had to cope with anxiety.

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