Jennifer Lawrence reveals she was medicated for social anxiety

It’s hard to image that the candid, well-liked actress was ever anxious about anything.

But Jennifer Lawrence recently revealed that she underwent years of therapy and medication to help deal with her social anxiety and hyperactivity as a young adult.

“My nickname was ‘Nitro’ as in nitroglycerin. I was hyperactive, curious about everything,” Jennifer said.

She explained: “When my mother told me about my childhood, she always told me there was like a light in me, a spark that inspired me constantly. When I entered school, the light went out. We never knew what it was, a kind of social anxiety. But I had friends.”

The 23-year-old star of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire said that, despite trying different treatments and talking to a therapist about her problems, “nothing worked” – that is, until she discovered acting.

After begging her parents to take her to a casting, Jennifer found her “light” again as soon as she was on stage. 

The starlet went on to graduate high school two years early, at age 15, so she could jumpstart her acting career.

The Oscar-winner also described how she stays down to earth, foregoing the temptations of the “too fast” film industry to spend her evenings hanging out with her best friend.

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