Kendall Jenner has a message for her critics: She’s a human being with a full spectrum of emotions (just in case you forgot). Kendall is open about the fact that she struggles with an anxiety disorder. During Vogue‘s new digital series, Open-Minded, she sat down with clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula to chat about her experience with anxiety and how people doubt her because of the privileged lifestyle she lives.
“There is going to be those people that say, ‘Oh, okay, what does she have to worry about? What does she have to be anxious about?’ and I’ll never sit here and say that I’m not fortunate,” she says in the beginning of the video. “I know I live a very privileged, amazing lifestyle. I’m a very blessed girl.”
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She continues, “I still have one of these,” pointing to her head, “and that thing up there sometimes doesn’t always—I don’t know—it’s not always happy and it’s not always connecting.”
Kendall admits to Dr. Durvasula that her panic attacks have gotten so bad that she’s sought medical attention.
“I think being overworked and being in the situation that I’m in now is kind of what set it out of control in a way,” she explains. “I’ve had times where I feel like I need to be rushed to the hospital because I think my heart’s failing and I can’t breathe and I need someone to help me. Sometimes I think I’m dying. Sometimes parts of my body will go numb, and it can be really, yeah, intense and scary.”
Anxiety is the most common mental health concern in the United States, so Kendall’s experiences are extremely relatable. Props to her for being brave enough to share her story.
If you are struggling with an anxiety disorder, please contact a licensed therapist who can better help your individual needs, or visit websites like NAMI and NIMH, which offer treatment options and various resources.
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