Kendall Jenner Details Her Experiences With Anxiety

By Kelly Burch 01/12/17

"Anxiety was a huge hurdle for me to deal with this past year, but I think I'm finally learning how to cope." 

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Reality television star and model Kendall Jenner says that anxiety was a big issue for her in 2016, but she hopes to better manage the condition in the coming year. 

"Anxiety was a huge hurdle for me to deal with this past year (and security concerns didn't help), but I think I'm finally learning how to cope," Jenner, 21, wrote in her app, according to Teen Vogue. The note was part of a blog post about her “Peaks & Pits” of 2016. 

In another blog post, which is now hidden behind a paywall, Jenner went on to discuss some of her coping strategies, including breathing exercises to calm down, and distracting herself when she feels anxiety or panic coming on. "[I] learned that it's all mental, so I try to prevent anxiety attacks by bringing my mind somewhere else," she wrote, according to Harper's Bazaar.

Jenner first began talking about her anxiety earlier this year, after experiencing a panic attack on a plane. "I once had a really bad attack on a plane and just had to ride it out," she wrote. ”I felt my heart beating a million miles an hour and I even went a little numb.”

Jenner talked about it during an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. "It is so weird as I get like 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."

After that incident, the model developed a fear of flying, but realized that she had to overcome it in order to continue to grow her modeling career and attend events around the globe. Jenner also suffers from sleep paralysis, a condition where people find themselves unable to move when they wake up during the night. 

On KUWTK, Jenner went to see a therapist with her sister, Kim Kardashian, who has also dealt with anxiety after last year's Paris robbery. However, Kardashian seemed skeptical that her little sister was taking the therapist’s suggestions to heart. “Some people live by it, and because there’s no cure for anxiety you have to get control of your feelings,” she said to Jenner. “You have to get a hold of it.” 

Kendall seems to have done just that, through breathing exercises and meditation designed to help keep her in control of her symptoms. She doesn’t plan on letting anxiety affect her success in 2017: “I can't wait to see where 2017 takes my career, but I know I have big plans!” she wrote. 

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