Emma Stone recently did an interview titled "Great Minds Think Unalike" with Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz for the Child Mind Institute.
During the interview, Stone discussed her life-long experience managing her anxiety.
While speaking to Dr. Koplewicz, she recounted her very first panic attack that hit when she was only 7 years old.
"After first grade before I went into second grade, I had my first panic attack. It was really, really terrifying and overwhelming. I was at a friend's house, and all of a sudden I was convinced the house was on fire and it was burning down. I was just sitting in her bedroom and obviously the house wasn't on fire, but there was nothing in me that didn't think we were going to die."
She also described how her anxiety affected her ability to spend time with friends and participate in school.
Stone continued to tell Dr. Koplewicz that her therapist had diagnosed her with generalized anxiety and panic disorder, but did not inform Emma of the diagnosis.
Emma was glad she was kept out of the loop.
"I am very grateful I didn't know that I had a disorder. I wanted to be an actor and there weren't a lot of actors who spoke about having panic attacks."
Luckily for the aspiring actors and actresses out there, Emma is changing that fact.
Stone went on to describe how she managed her condition.
"I drew a little green monster on my shoulder that speaks to me in my ear and tells me all these things that aren't true. And every time I listen to it, it grows bigger. If I listen to it enough, it crushes me. But if I turn my head and keep doing what I'm doing—let it speak to me, but don't give it the credit it needs—then it shrinks down and fades away."
And, as expected, Stone also found comfort in the empathetic element of acting.
"I also believe there is a lot of empathy when you struggled a lot internally. There is a tendency to want to understand how people around you work or what's going on internally with them which is great for characters."
Emma still struggles with her anxiety despite being a successful, Oscar-winning actress and the internet loves her for being open about it.
Thank you for your honesty, Ms. Stone!
To see the full interview between Emma and Dr. Koplewicz, click here.
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