The A-List Actress Suffers from a panic disorder but you wouldn’t have guessed it looking at her.
A panic disorder (panic attack) is a type of anxiety disorder. A panic attack can strike at any time and anywhere. You feel terrified and overwhelmed, even though you’re not in any danger. Although only a small percentage of the population suffers from the disorder, and it is more common in women than in men. The disorder isn’t something to shrug off.
Doctors do not know what causes the disorder but researchers have determined that the disorder is hereditary. Researchers think that those with the disorder have brains that are more sensitive to fear. While it has also been found that alcohol and drugs can make the symptoms worse. Those who suffer from the disorder have been found to suffer from depression as well, although there is lack of evidence that shows correlation.
Amanda Seyfried seems like she has her life altogether. She’s a Hollywood A-lister. Has been on the red carpet numerous times and lives the high life. And is a new mom. But things aren’t as rosy as it seems. Not long ago the Actress opened up and shared how she experienced panic attacks while onstage during live performances. It was her then co-star (Thomas Sadoski) that she leaned on for support to get her through those tough times.
She revealed her condition during an interview with Dr. Berlin’s and his co-host Kacy Byxbee on their “Informed Pregnancy Podcast” that while acting in an off-Broadway play in 2015 – The Way We Get By, she was having panic attacks on stage every six or seven shows. But mental health issues were not a new thing for her. As the Actress has who’s been open about her anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, has shared in the past. The Actress told Dr. Berlin that some of her anxiety had previously kept her from performing in live theatre because the silver screen felt more ‘safe.’ The fear of live performances was just too much to bear.
‘It feels like you’re going to die. It feels like you need to leave the stage.’
She would pull through the performance by connecting with Thomas (her now husband), and the audience never seemed to notice. The attacks would last 60 seconds, and Thomas would recognize that thousand-yard stare, and then help bring her back to focus.
In an interview in 2016 with “Allure,” the Actress shared that,
‘A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category from other illnesses, but I don’t think it is.’
‘It should be taken as seriously as anything else. You don’t see the mental illness: It’s not a mass; it’s not a cyst. But it’s there. Why do you need to prove it? If you can treat it, you treat it.’
While not everyone gets to stare at their future husband while having a panic attack, having someone with you, who will be there for you, is an asset through these tense times.
For those who suffer from Panic Attacks, share with us and the community what you need from loved ones to get you through these tough times when they occur.