I’ve mentioned before, both on theCHIVE and during my discussions with John on the podcast, that I’ve dealt with panic attacks and anxiety for quite some time now. I’m actually a bit of a rare case in that I was once on a cloud up above any sort of mental issues or uncontrollable stress until one afternoon when I felt like the ground was caving in beneath me. In a matter of minutes, my breath became a labored chore, my heart nearly launched out of my chest — as far as I knew, that was going to be the day I died.
That episode also marked the last day I felt invincible on this planet. I could basically divide my life up into two periods: the confident carefree days before the attack, and of course the daily struggle with stress and anxiety that followed that horrific afternoon. The be blunt, the brain is a fickle thing capable of great power.
But what’s been amazing, is learning how to be patient with myself when I struggle to cope with my emotional swells. It’s amazing discovering how to recognize the symptoms of an attack and instead of wishing them away, to be able to embrace the horror and wait till the storms fade away. My family and incredible wife have always been there for me at my worst, but TIME, time is the greatest teacher of all if you are willing to give it a chance. Time and experience, of course.
So if you find yourself in a hole you swear you can’t get out of, just believe that one day you will see the light, and everything will be all the sweeter for bearing the bad times.
My favorite quote, which is practically the gospel to me at this point, is by Winston Churchill who said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
It’s a simple truth.
Now listen to a few other celebs, who even on their lofty towers have been humbled by bouts of anxiety and more…
Amanda Seyfried (Above)
“I still do get terribly nervous, and that’s partly due to the fact I think too much and overanalyze things. I’ll start worrying about my parents or my dog, and I’ll picture him opening the window of my apartment and falling out, even though I can’t get that thing open myself.”