Emma Stone recently did an interview titled “Great Minds Think Unalike” with Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz for the Child Mind Institute.
During the interview, Stone discussed her life-long experience managing her anxiety.
While speaking to Dr. Koplewicz, she recounted her very first panic attack that hit when she was only 7 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 also described how her anxiety affected her ability to spend time with friends and participate in school.
Stone continued to tell Dr. Koplewicz that her therapist had diagnosed her with generalized anxiety and panic disorder, but did not inform Emma of the diagnosis.
Emma was glad she was kept out of the loop.
“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.”
Luckily for the aspiring actors and actresses out there, Emma is changing that fact.
Stone went on to describe how she managed her condition.
“I drew a little green monster on my shoulder that speaks to me in my ear and tells me all these things that aren’t true. And every time I listen to it, it grows bigger. If I listen to it enough, it crushes me. But if I turn my head and keep doing what I’m doing—let it speak to me, but don’t give it the credit it needs—then it shrinks down and fades away.”
And, as expected, Stone also found comfort in the empathetic element of acting.
“I also believe there is a lot of empathy when you struggled a lot internally. There is a tendency to want to understand how people around you work or what’s going on internally with them which is great for characters.”
Emma still struggles with her anxiety despite being a successful, Oscar-winning actress and the internet loves her for being open about it.
— T. (@almadejubilada) October 2, 2018
I wish more people would speak more openly about mental health.
— Kristan Aponte (@CreatingKristan) October 2, 2018
It takes strength to share your story Thank you Emma Stone for making us feel less alone
— ♀️Jamie & Nicole (@jamienicoleluv) October 2, 2018
Emma Stone saying anxiety can be a ‘superpower’ if you find a way to disallow it from crippling you is too beautiful for this hour pic.twitter.com/QtHsen2cuN
— tricksy abs (@margotrobbve) October 1, 2018
Inspiring to hear how Emma Stone dealt with her anxiety disorder growing up, and now currently, even though it’s scary to share, she wants to help and inspire other children with solutions and advice on living with anxiety. #AWNewYork @franklinadksu @KentStateJMC pic.twitter.com/QtLHb6hmlE
— Olivia (@DadoOlivia) October 1, 2018
Academy Award winning actress Emma Stone telling her story of the severe anxiety and panic attacks she experienced growing up, to the point where she couldn’t leave her home. It’s a ‘monster on her shoulder’ she still battles with today.
— Luke_OBrien (@Luke_OBrien) October 2, 2018
Okay but listening to Emma Stone (my gay awakening at 12 and also an actress that I truly respect) talking about anxiety and overthinking in a video made me cry
— sals (@livefromnysals) October 1, 2018
Thank you #EmmaStone for sharing your experience. It helps to hear stories from successful people living with anxiety to believe my child will overcome this. I agree that anxious people are smarter @ChildMindInst
— Helen (@onceuponahooke) October 1, 2018
Emma Stone on whether anxiety has ever stopped her from doing anything. Amazingly raw and personal chat about mental health with @ChildMindInst president @DrKoplewicz. #AWNewYork @advertisingweek pic.twitter.com/0ChNRAFDIA
— Oliver McAteer (@OllieMcAteer) October 1, 2018
THIS IS EXTRAORDINARY. If you know someone who suffers from panic attacks or anxiety listen to Emma Stone talk about growing up anxious and being anxious and creative as an adult. https://t.co/hbDSkeaWWz
— ＬｅｔｔｅｒｓＨｅａｄ (@LettersHead) October 1, 2018
So grateful Emma Stone is here at @advertisingweek sharing her personal journey dealing with #anxiety. “It’s the biggest curse, but biggest blessing. Being sensitive and caring deeply is a noble asset.” Well done #AWNewYork for putting Mental Health on the table. @ChildMindInst pic.twitter.com/Zra9idjriw
— ⚡️ Lucy (@vonStrum) October 1, 2018
Thank you for your honesty, Ms. Stone!
To see the full interview between Emma and Dr. Koplewicz, click here.