Actress Busy Philipps is sharing her struggle with anxiety in a new video.
In it, she opens up about dealing with anxiety — something that has impacted her since childhood.
“I used to lie awake in bed at night and I would have spinning thoughts. It would be really hard for me to get to sleep and I would be so scared that I wouldn’t go to my parents’ room. I didn’t want to tell them what was happening because I thought there was something wrong with me,” she recalls.
Philipps partnered with The Child Mind Institute for their #MyYoungerSelf campaign, which sees celebrities giving advice to their younger selves and offering hope for today’s youth who struggle with mental health issues or learning disabilities. Sarah Silverman, Kristen Bell, Zoe Saldana, Gabrielle Union, and Philipps’ fellow “Dawson’s Creek” alum James Van Der Beek have all participated in the campaign.
Philipps says talking about her anxiety made her realize “There is nothing wrong with me.”
“Once I was able to start talking about it relieved a lot of the anxiety. I was able to get help—therapy, sometimes medication,” she says in the video. “There’s nothing wrong with that either. I would’ve liked to tell my younger self not to be embarrassed or ashamed, and to open up and to talk about what’s happening.”
The actress concludes her video with an important message: “It feels kind of incredible to know that you’re not alone. So… you’re not alone.”