'Sometimes I think I'm dying': Kendall Jenner opens up about her anxiety in Vogue interview
On the first episode of Vogue’s “Open Minded: Unpacking Anxiety,” Kendall Jenner talks candidly about her experiences with the anxiety and the symptoms that come along with it.
Jenner sat down with Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology, to discuss the topic in an interview published to the magazine's YouTube channel on Thursday.
“I am very aware of my anxieties. I don’t like the pity party. I don’t like talking about when I don’t feel too well,” Jenner said in the opening of the video.
“I don’t know. I am a little nervous just being kind of open about what I struggle with, and making it known to other people is a bit nerve-wracking.”
Jenner recalled experiencing anxiety at an early age that was heightened as the fashion model was propelled into the limelight.
“I think being overworked and being in the situation that I am in now is kind of what like set it out of control in a way,” Jenner said.
Feeling like she’s dying, wanting to be rushed to the hospital and numb limbs are symptoms Jenner said she’s experienced at times. Although she acknowledged being fortunate, she said being rich and famous doesn't stop the disorder from afflicting her.
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“I still have one of these,” Jenner said while pointing to her brain. “That thing up there doesn’t always … it’s not always happy and it’s not always connecting.”
Durvasula said every person she’s encountered at her private practice in Los Angeles has dealt with some form of the disorder. The psychologist is also calling for the destigmatization of mental disorders — especially anxiety.
Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States, according to Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Of that number, ADAA said only 36.9 % receive treatment.
“Anxiety is a continuum,” Durvasula told Jenner.
There are people who experience the disorder in a milder form and others who deal with it to the point where it's affecting work, home and relationships. At that point, Durvasula said it’s called clinically significant anxiety.
Jenner also discussed her social anxiety about emerging from solitude after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now that things are slowly opening up, if I go to a dinner or if I see a few more of my friends that I am not used to seeing throughout this last year, it gives me anxiety,” she said.
Jenner goes on to ask Durvasula questions from viewers about the topic and receives some tips on how to manage it. At the end of the video, Jenner thanks Durvasula and said she learned a lot.
"I appreciate you sharing your story because I'm always grateful when people talk about their stories publicly so people can see they aren't alone with this," Durvasula told Jenner.
"I think the hardest thing of all is to feel alone."
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