Emma Stone is the latest star to speak candidly about struggling with mental health issues. The La La Land star recently opened up about her lifelong battle with anxiety in support of the Child Mind Institute, a non-profit organization that helps children cope with mental health.
In a new video campaign for the organization, the 28-year-old actress revealed that anxiety is a big part of her life.
“It has always been something that I’ve lived with and it flares up in big ways at different times in my life,” said the actress, adding that her anxiety has felt as if it would go on for forever. “Sometimes while it’s happening, like while I’m in a phase of big turmoil, it feels like it’s never gonna end – but it does.”
The Arizona native also explained that her anxiety was particularly hard as a child, especially when she was plagued by constant panic attacks and feeling distressed over the possibility of moving away from home. “I truly, as a kid, did not think I would ever be able to move away from home or be apart from people I had separation anxiety with,” Emma said on-camera.
The Oscar-winning actress further explained that she has found a way to manage her anxiety using specific tools and mechanisms.
She shared that through talking to “a great therapist” and using cognitive behavioural tools such as meditation, she has been able to live “a pretty normal and exciting and vibrant life.”
Emma has also discovered that certain hobbies, like baking tasty treats, are complementary to her treatment plan.“It’s so nice to know...there’s a lot I can do to help myself,” she said at the end of the very personal video.