So, a disclaimer I am not a celebrity worshipper. I think its fine to admire actors or sports stars and to seek their opinions on popular subjects, I just don’t do it. I think their life experience is vastly different then mine, I really can’t relate to them. I look to them to entertain me, to bring to life characters that allow me to immerse myself into their work.
Anxiety really knows no bounds. It doesn’t matter your race, religion, gender it can strike anyone. Yes, even celebrities. Actor Stephen Amell was recently afflicted with a “panic attack”, which as many of us who have anxiety know it’s the manifestation of accumulated anxiety. Who is Stephen Amell? He is the actor who plays Oliver Queen, the green arrow.
From the article: “Amell had wrapped his eighth and final season on the CW superhero series, only a couple of weeks before, and he was open about how tired he felt. “I just feel like I’ve been trying to do things for people for the past eight years, and I just need a f***ing break,” Amell told Smallville star-turned-podcaster Michael Rosenbaum. “I wanna be a dad. I wanna be a husband. I don’t even really want to talk to my friends that much. I just need a break, and I cried about it twice today.”
Now I’m not sure what the depths of his despair actually is but this was a semi-public melt down he was on a pod cast. This next point may seem very morbid but for the rest of us this is actually good news. It puts a spotlight on anxiety, and it makes it more main stream when successful actors put a face to it.
Now don’t get me wrong I am not happy this happened to him, and I hope he gets help ASAP. I am happy that more stories about anxiety are getting traction in the main stream. It affects so many people all over the world that press like this can only help to illuminate as long-time quiet condition. It is becoming more acceptable to be upfront about anxiety, it doesn’t have to be a crippling silent condition where you suffer alone in your room.
Your anxiety is different then mine, and your journey through it is going to be very personal and unique to you. That said, remember you aren’t alone. Anxiety touches millions of people all across the globe. You are not alone.