What Panic Attack Feels Like: As Described by 4 Celebrities

Statistics show that huge percentage of our adults still suffers from Panic attack, of which majority of today’s celebrities are not exempted.

Whether consistently or one-time, some celebrities made known their plight and what it feels like to be dealing with panic attack. Below are some celebrities who have suffered panic attack and willingly disclosed their ordeals (as gathered from around the web).

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

In the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing. I will tell you when I realized that I thought, ‘All right, if I don’t calm down I’m gonna be in serious trouble.’ I was in the middle of doing voiceovers, you know? And I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain.

Oprah Winfrey had a panic attack in 2013 while doing a number of celebrity interviews.

Ellie Goulding

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Ellie Goulding

In 2013, Singer Ellie Goulding made known her ordeal to Metro UK during the time she went through therapy as a result of panic attacks.

One day after a shoot I was on a train going to a funeral and my heart was pounding; I thought I was having a heart attack,” she said of her first attack, adding, “I was so scared I reached over to this woman and said, ‘I think I’m dying.’ I called a friend to take me to hospital, where they told me it was just a panic attack. From that day, I kept having them. It was the weirdest time of my life. Sick, horrible things would go through my mind but I didn’t want to draw attention to myself… It got to the point when I couldn’t even get into the car and go to the studio.

John Mayer

John Mayer

In 2012, John Mayer granted an interview to Rolling Stone where he admitted to suffering from panic attacks caused by his fear of ending up in a mental institution.

Growing up, that was the big fear,” he said, while his friend Joe Beleznay added, “I would get anxiety attacks too, and we would talk each other down. It was heart palpitations, shortness of breath, coldness and shivers, strange stuff, and we’d be like, ‘You’re totally fine. You’re not having a heart attack.’ His mind works at such speed that I think he would sort of second-guess his sanity at times.

Lena Dunham

Panic Attack

Star Lena Dunham opened up to The Guardian about what her ordeal with panic attack looks like.

“I thought, in two and a half years I’ll be 30, then 10 years from that I’ll be 40, then 10 years from that I’ll be 50,” she recalled of a recent panic attack. “It’s why I don’t sleep at night.”

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