Kendall Jenner has opened up about the “crazy panic attacks” she experienced before receiving help for her anxiety.
During an interview on Good Morning America, Kendall revealed that she first experienced anxiety symptoms at a very young age. “I was really, really young and I remember feeling like I couldn’t breathe and running to my mom and being like: ‘Mom, I feel like I can’t breathe. Something must be wrong,'” she said.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star said she remembered being unable to breathe, saying that she told her mom about the symptom at the time. “She took me to a bunch of doctors just to make sure it was all OK physically, and I was,” Kendall said. “No one ever told me that I had anxiety. Maybe like three years ago, four years ago, it came back completely full-on and I would have crazy panic attacks. Finally, I got the information that I needed about it.”
Although the feelings subsided, Kendall explained that her anxiety remerged as her modeling career began to skyrocket. “Maybe like three years ago, four years ago, it came back completely full-on and I would have crazy panic attacks,” she said. “Finally I kind of got the information that I needed about it.”
Thankfully, she’s learned how to cope, sharing that she relies on rhythmic breathing. And in a 2018 interview, she revealed that she had trouble sleeping because of anxiety, and at the time, she was limiting her time on social media, choosing to follow fun and cute accounts.
Kendall has continued to use her platform as a celebrity to speak about her experiences with anxiety. In 2016, she shared her experience with one physical anxiety symptom, saying, “It is so weird; I get super light headed when I am on planes and I feel like I am going to faint,” she said. “I don’t know what to do as I am freaking out about even flying home.”
Now Kendall is joining forces with Kenneth Cole for the fashion designer’s Mental Health Coalition. They are encouraging Instagram users to share candid posts about how they’re coping in lockdown in order to combat the stigma attached to mental illness. Cole explained that he hopes the initiative will create a safe place for others to talk about their experiences, especially at a time when people are “trying to make sense of it all.”
By: Dammy Eneli