Gigi Hadid: Anxiety and Social Media Addiction

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At Reebok’s recent #PerfectNever female empowerment panel, 21-year old supermodel Gigi Hadid opened up about her experience with anxiety.

No one would disagree with Hadid’s stunning beauty and impressive resume: she walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret and even won model of the year at the British Fashion Awards. Her speaking about her anxiety demonstrates that anxiety is a very normal emotion that can affect anyone. Celebrities especially, who live under the public eye of constant scrutiny, probably experience intense bouts of anxiety and stress.

Hadid confesses that when anxiety attacks come on, she feels “almost suffocated by the world and the world’s opinions.” She said she sometimes has to sit herself down and remind herself: “You are a good person. You go into everything you do with a good heart and with good intentions. And sometimes you have hard days, and sometimes people judge you for things that they’re just guessing by seeing in a picture.”

She added, “You start to think that you’re supposed to be perfect in all of these moments.”

Lena Dunham, star and creator of the hit HBO series, Girls, who was also on the panel, agreed: “The ideal we’ve created is a 24-hour woman. The woman who can get up, do her job … be a parent, look good doing it. The fact is, that’s too much pressure for anybody. There’s so much stigma for women around mental health care and around taking care of ourselves.”

At the turn of the year, Hadid plans to take a month-long hiatus from social media, which she identifies as often the root of her anxiety. “It’s empowering, not just for people in the spotlight, for everyone … If you’re going to be upset that I need to be human for a month, then maybe I don’t want your follow anyway.”

The case between social media and mental health is being heavily researched as there are many indications that social media is a huge source of anxiety and depression for many people. According to a report on, social media is an “anxiety-provoking factor” in today’s world, with one factor being “compare-and-despair,” where you see someone else living a perfectly curated life that seems to pale in comparison to yours.

Social media is addictive. Addiction to things that make us feel good is a natural phenomenon of human psychology, but it is important to be conscious and aware of the potential harms that the things you love doing a little too much can induce.

Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

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.

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from addiction, then take our free 3 minute assessment.