It is not the first time he has confessed it, but he made a call during Mental Health Awareness Month.
About 1 billion people have a mental disorder and anyone, anywhere, can be affected, according to data from the World Health Organization. In addition, 90% of young people have reported an increase in mental anxiety during the pandemic; more than one billion students in almost every country have been affected by school closures; 80% of young women are worried about their future; and globally, one in six young people has lost their jobs during the pandemic (see the Big 6 recommendations in Young People Championing Post-Pandemic Futures: Policy Recommendations from the Big 6 Youth Organizations).
These are alarming figures, affecting people of all ages and social status. One of them is Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, who again confessed a few days ago, during Mental Health Awareness Month, that he suffers from anxiety. Yes, behind the jokes and laughter, the Deadpool star lives with that reality. This is not the first time he has said it. In 2018, in The New York Times, the actor shed even more light on what he has experienced living with his mental health condition and how he copes with its sometimes devastating control. “I have anxiety. I’ve always had it. It doesn’t matter if I’m happy; I even get anxious about that and have been to the most extreme depths, which is not fun. “
But Reynolds is not alone. About 18.1% of adults in the US, 40 million people, live with an anxiety disorder, according to the American Anxiety and Depression Association. The organization reports that it is the most common form of mental illness in the country. Although occasional episodes of anxiety are a normal part of being human, the Mayo Clinic notes that “people with anxiety disorders often have intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations.”
In an interview, the actor revealed that he has difficulties coping with his family life, as his multiple tasks make him “sick” for sharing with his wife and two daughters. “I just don’t have enough time to take care of everything and I end up suffering from anxiety,” he said.
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On Instagram he posted an emotional post about his battle with anxiety, and the actor Hugh Jackman showed his support for the Deadpool star. The note reads, “May is Mental Health Awareness Month,” and to help raise awareness, she shared that she is delayed in posting the message because it is over-scheduled, which is due to her anxiety. Then he writes: “To all those like me who overload, think too much, work too much, worry too much and above all, know that you are not alone. We don’t talk enough about mental health and we don’t do enough to destigmatize talking about it. ” In response, Jackman showed his support by commenting, “Dude, your honesty is not only brave, but I’m sure it will help countless people who also struggle with anxiety. Good for you!”.
Reynolds, 44, believes her anxiety stems, at least in part, from her childhood in Vancouver, Canada. “Our father was tough,” he told Variety in 2016: “It wasn’t easy with anyone. And it wasn’t easy on himself, either. I think the anxiety could have started there, trying to find ways to control others or trying to control myself. At that time, I never recognized him, he was just a nervous kid. ” As an adult, she said her anxiety has manifested itself in many ways. He used to wake up in the dead of night, in an irrational panic about his future. When he starred in the sitcom ABC Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, he used to provoke the live studio audience, not to disinterestedly relax the fans, but to refocus “the energy of I just want to puke,” he confessed to The New York Times.
The actor has also confessed that he self-medicated in her early 20s as an attempt to avoid symptoms associated with anxiety, saying, “I was partying and just trying to somehow disappear.” Even after decades of being famous, the actor’s anxiety causes him a unique kind of dread before interviews and talk show appearances. Emulating Deadpool’s sardonic presence on stage helped him feel a little more comfortable. Reynolds also uses a meditation app, Headspace, to stay calm, and after years of living in anxiety, she confidently reminds herself before appearances that the horrible feelings will soon pass.
Everyone’s anxiety is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all treatment approach. Some tips for those living with its effects are detailed on the Mayo Clinic website: Get involved in activities you enjoy, avoid drugs or alcohol (which can make symptoms worse), and consider seeking help from a specialist.
Other stars, including Emma Stone, Kristen Bell, Rachel Bloom, Jesse Eisenberg, Ariana Grande, have confessed to suffering from this disorder.