Emma Stone Talks Lifelong Battle With Anxiety, Recalls ‘Terrifying’ First Panic Attack

Emma Stone opened up to Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz about her ongoing battle with anxiety and panic attacks during a chat for the Child Mind Institute.

Stone, 29, said she’s struggled with her mental health since she was a young girl, with her recalling her first panic attack when she was seven 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 said this then became a regular thing, telling Dr. Koplewicz that she could no longer go to friends’ houses.

Stone, who did admit to having a panic attack just before the chat, jokingly added, “As you can see, it’s gotten better. I swear!”

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Stone also explained how her therapist never told her that she’d been diagnosed with generalized anxiety and panic disorder, something which Stone is now thankful for.

She explained, “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.”

The “La La Land” favourite’s chat comes after she wrote her book “I Am More Than My Anxiety” while she was in therapy.

She spoke about her anxiety battle once again in an interview with her close friend Jennifer Lawrence for Elle magazine back in August.

Stone admitted: “My mom always says that I was born with my nerves outside of my body. But I’m lucky for the anxiety because it also makes me high-energy.”

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