Josh Gad Opens Up About His Battle With ‘Extreme Anxiety’

In honour of Mental Health Awareness Month, actor Josh Gad has opened up about his experience with “extreme anxiety.”

The “Frozen” star filmed a video for the Child Mind Institute‘s mental health awareness series where he revealed his past struggles with generalized anxiety disorder.

“So when I was about 20 years old in college, I went through a period of extreme anxiety,” the 37-year-old actor explained. “Didn’t understand what was happening to me, thought that I was having a heart attack, literally felt like I couldn’t breathe, would suddenly be prone to bursts of sadness.”

“And I went to go speak to a psychiatrist and a psychologist, and I got the medical and professional help that I needed in order to overcome what, at the time I didn’t know, was general anxiety disorder.

“Seeking that help and receiving that help truly not only saved my life, but it afforded me the opportunity to do what I love doing today. And so I encourage all of you who have similar struggles to speak about them and to go get the answers that you too need for help.”

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The Child Mind Institute is releasing a new video every day during the coming month for their #MyYoungerSelf series. Previous videos have featured Sarah Silverman, Henry Winkler, and Gabrielle Union, and more.

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