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Willow Smith has revealed she regularly suffers from “extreme anxiety”, which she deals with by going into a “cocoon” where she can just “be with” herself. Speaking to her mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, and grandmother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, in a preview clip ahead of the latest episode of ‘Red Table Talk’, she said: “Four days ago, I was having extreme anxiety. I couldn’t talk, I had to just cocoon and like be with myself for a moment. “That was so important because it would have been so much more intense if I had been looking to you to be like, ‘Help me!’ “And then, when I was ready, I opened the cocoon.
duo Kunal Nayyar and Mayim Bialik recently reunited for the latter's podcast.
Nayyar, who played Raj Koothrappali on the show, opened up to Bialik about his experiences with panic attacks, and "dark episodes" for his mental health.
"When I began to struggle mentally, when I began to have those dark episodes, that was very shocking to me," he noted.
Nayyar also spoke about his first ever panic attack, which happened when he was 30 years old and driving on a highway.
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"I didn't know what that was," he recalled. "Ever since then I've had to fight some kind of battle with panic or anxiety."
Bialik, who played Amy Farrah Fowler on the show, replied: "That's actually a great way to define a panic attack – you don't know what it is."
"I just went, 'Oh there's lots of traffic ahead', because I was just embarrassed," Nayyar, who had a passenger in the vehicle at the time, went on to recall.
"I'm having this full-blown panic attack inside, now I'm getting embarrassed so I'm pulling off [the highway] and joking.
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"It got so bad I couldn't even look at my car keys without feeling panic, and then I knew something was wrong."
Nayyar decided to see a hypnotherapist, which he found helpful when it came to driving. However, he soon found his feelings of panic transferred over to being in a lift.
"Then, it became like the highway again, and that's when I said, 'Something's wrong'," he recalled. "That was five years into therapy."
"You can have a beautiful, spiritual life and at some point still feel anxious, still at some point feel sad and depressed and panicky," Nayyar added towards the close of the podcast.
"There's no shame in that, there's no shame in feeling anxious, there's no shame in feeling stress, there's no shame at feeling panic."
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 () or Mind on 0300 123 3393 ( ). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit .
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