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Popular model, Gisele Bundchen has opened up a secret about herself; her battle with panic attacks. This she disclosed in her newly published book, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.
In the interview with People’s magazine, the Victoria’s Secret model talked on how hard life had been for her even though from the outside it looked all rosy.
She also mentioned that the panic attacks began after she started being in the spotlight more after Victoria’s Secret fashion shows and dating Leonardo DiCaprio.
Gisele admitted that the first bouts of her panic attacks came in 2003. She disclosed that even though she was doing really well career-wise, even though she had the support and care of her family, she had anxiety.
“Like why should I be feeling this? I felt like I wasn’t allowed to feel bad,’ she said. “But I felt powerless. Your world just becomes smaller and smaller and you can’t breathe, which is the worst feeling I’ve ever had.”
When her condition became very serious, she began to have the attacks all the time.
The model stated that she once considered jumping off her roof.
“I actually had the feeling ‘if I just jump off my roof, this would be the end, and I won’t need to worry about this feeling of my world closing in’.”
After some moments of soul searching, the model opted to consult medical doctors so as to get drugs but the doctors advised her to do away with irresponsible habits and concentrate her mind on yoga and meditation.
The model admitted to some of the habits she had, she smoked cigarettes, drank a bottle of wine daily and three mocha Frappuccinos. She said she just decided one day that she was done.
“I thought, if this stuff is adding to my problems then I have to let it go.”
The model’s openness about her issues brings to mind others who have toed that line. People like Micheal Phelps, Jon Hamm, and Kevin Love. These celebrities have recently spoken out about their mental state and are getting the help they need
Love penned an essay for The Players’ Tribune earlier this year. Therein he talked about his first panic attack and subsequent hospitalization.
“It came out of nowhere. I’d never had one before. I didn’t even know if they were real,” Love wrote of his panic attack. “But it was real — as real as a broken hand or a sprained ankle. Since that day, almost everything about the way I think about my mental health has changed.”
Love is now keeping his mental health in check by going for therapy regularly.
“In the short time I’ve been meeting with the therapist, I’ve seen the power of saying things out loud in a setting like that,” the NBA player said in his essay. “And it’s not some magical process. It’s terrifying and awkward and hard, at least in my experience so far.”