Josh Gad Gets Candid About Mental Health, Anxiety For Awareness Series

By Bryan Le 05/21/18

For the #MyYoungerSelf series, the "Frozen" actor detailed the anxiety he experienced in his college years.

Josh Gad at the Los Angeles premiere of `Beauty And The Beast` held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, USA on March 2, 2017.
Gad hopes that revealing his struggles, others won't feel so alone.

Actor Josh Gad opened up about his past struggles with anxiety as a part of the Child Mind Institute’s series on mental health, #MyYoungerSelf.

In the video, he reveals that in his college days, he sometimes experienced anxiety so intense he felt like he might have a heart attack.

“So when I was about 20 years old in college, I went through a period of extreme anxiety, didn’t understand what was happening to me, thought that I was having a heart attack, literally felt like I couldn’t breathe, would suddenly be prone to bursts of sadness,” he recalled in the video.

He didn’t know what exactly was going on inside him until he sought out professional help.

“I went to go speak to a psychiatrist and a psychologist, and I got the medical and professional help that I needed in order to overcome what, at the time I didn’t know, was General Anxiety Disorder,” he revealed.

The Frozen star is thankful that he got the help he did and encourages people who may be suffering to do the same.

“Seeking that help and receiving that help truly not only saved my life, but it afforded me the opportunity to do what I love doing today. And so I encourage all of you who have similar struggles to speak about them and to go get the answers that you too need for help,” he said.

The #MyYoungerSelf series features celebrities revealing their personal struggles with mental health.

“This May actors, athletes, social influencers, businesspeople and more are sending messages of hope about their experience growing up with a mental health or learning disorder. People like you are responding with their own stories,” the Child Mind Institute explains on their website. “With your support, more young people will hear the message: You’re not alone. Ask for help.”

With this video, Gad joins other celebrities who have participated in the series, including Sarah Silverman, Henry Winkler, Kristen Bell, Michael Phelps, and Lena Dunham.

This isn’t the first time Gad has taken action to be more inclusive. In the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, Gad helped set off public outrage from homophobes for his part in a same-sex dance scene.

“I've only ever been to one Royal Wedding and it was so unnecessarily controversial,” Gad wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

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