after of Very bad the star opened up in a public letter he shared with Deadlinesaying he had suffered for 20 years from anxiety attacks, which were exacerbated by media appearances and public events, two psychologists told the BBC of the importance of his message to a wider audience.
Dr Sandra Wheatley told the BBC that “someone with so much to lose is actually prepared to retire” is to be admired.
She said celebrities were constantly performing whenever they went out in public. “But when they’re off stage, they go back to who they really are. So celebrities need to remember that this persona in the media is an imitation of you, not you as an individual, and that can be difficult to balance.”
Consultant psychologist Dr Elena Bailey agreed that celebrities were “very vulnerable” in the public eye and that pushing back as Hill has done is “self-defensive behaviour”.
“That’s because the kind of attention, feedback and comments about your life can have a huge impact on your mental health, causing a lot of anxiety, negative thoughts, symptoms of depression,” she said.
Hill is debuting Stutza documentary he’s made about sessions with his therapist and mental health in general at fall festivals, but won’t be promoting them at all.
Tom Holland AND Ryan Reynolds are just two other stars who have shared their experience of anxiety. Spider Man The Holland star recently announced she was taking a break from social media after finding it “overwhelming”.