Wallflower-Power.com: Jonathan Knight, of New Kids on the Block, experienced a panic attack, and exited the stage during a concert this week. I’ve included a link to an article so you can read more.
To all the people out there with social anxiety, it’s times like these that we have to show our support so go to the blogs and articles about this news and post your comments everywhere!! We need others to HEAR our voice and UNDERSTAND that this is not an easy thing to deal with.
Social Anxiety and Panic Attacks are difficult and gets in the way. Oprah interviewed Jonathan Knight years ago for her talk show and you could see his struggle written all over his face. I totally understand him and the fact that he is able to get on stage MOST of the time is so courageous of him.
Everyone with social anxiety experiences in their own way…as it relates to performing on stage - some might be able to perform on stage with NO problem and feel more anxiety off stage, some might feel fine off stage and have panic on stage (this would only be an issue if they have a passion for performing, whether that is public speaking, dancing, singing, etc.) and others might have issues with on and off stage. It seems like Jonathan’s anxiety peaked when he was performing a song, solo.
When I was in high school, I was in the Glee Club and Drama Club but never went for solo performances although I wanted to. The one time I was given a line in the play, I experienced a major panic attack and it was a big disappointment for me and my music teacher. I remember feeling like a loser and wondering “what is wrong with me?”. It is difficult when you are passionate about something and you can’t reach your full potential because you are limited by social anxiety.
All those with social anxiety, let’s send words of encouragement to Jonathan Knight. You can tweet him at: https://twitter.com/JonathanRKnight or @JonathanRKnight
I’m about to send him a tweet right now!