In an all-new Keeping Up With the Kardashians aired on Sunday, October 30th, Kim Kardashian revealed her personal struggles with anxiety following her frightening encounter with armed robbers in Paris.
“I’ve been having anxiety lately [about] every last thing,” the reality star tells her friend Jonathan Cheban while the two enjoy a beachside lunch. “Like even driving here, I tried to drive not all the way on the freeway because what happens if a car flips over and hits me? I think of every freak accident.” She continues confiding to Cheban with a statement all too familiar to anxiety sufferers: “I am not this person.”
Kim’s problem is juxtaposed to those facing her younger sister, Kendall Jenner, who has also been battling panic attacks and even sleep paralysis. In the episode, Kim and Kendall try a variety of different therapies in order to overcome their conditions.
They meet with a professional anxiety therapist, Michelle Massi, who works with the sisters to process their feelings. They are also filmed attending a meditation and mindfulness class to get into a more calm and peaceful state of mind.
Professional counselling and meditative therapy are two of the most effective treatments for anxiety sufferers. It is important to avoid substances such as alcohol or marijuana to relieve anxiety symptoms for risk of addiction.
Anxiety disorder is characterised by:
- Excessive worry
- Trouble sleeping
- Irrational fears
- Muscle tension
- Chronic indigestion
- Irrational self-consciousness
- Compulsive behaviors
- Ruminating self-doubt.
There is much to be learned from Kim’s sharing of her experience with anxiety. Clearly, anxiety can affect anyone and manifest for myriad reasons. The condition, which according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America affects more than 40 million American adults, is obviously not just a character flaw or bid for attention.
Like so many others who suffer from anxiety, Kim shares “I think about it all the time, it drives me crazy. I just want to get past my anxiety and live life… I never had anxiety and I want to take back my life.”
Did you know a mental disorder can lead to addiction?
One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.
But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.
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