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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.
Do you think MJ had a social anxiety disorder? He is described as shy but shy doesn’t mean social anxiety disorder. They are distinct; S.A.D. is debilitating.
What are you thoughts?
Malaysia, one of the Basketball Wives LA VH1 is facing her fears and trying to come out of her shell. I never expected ANY of the Basketball Wives to be shy but this proves that anxiety looks different on everyone. Some people are shy but they socialize alot. Just because they are socializing doesn’t mean that they are going after they’re dreams in life. They might have a certain comfort level around the friends they have now and may not be able to do other things in life. To me, it seems like she is more than shy if she has not been going for her dreams even after the first season of Basketball Wives LA - there might be some painful shyness going on in certain aspects of her life that puts her being or her voice out there. And that would explain why doing voice-overs would be more difficult for her than starting a jewelry line.
As I watched NBC’s The Voice this evening, one of the contestants, Caitlin Michel, shared that she suffered from severe panic attacks. She is proof that you can challenge your fears and overcome. Singing has helped her tremendously and she has actually used music as her medicine. Some people rely on unhealthy forms of medicine including alcohol, drugs, avoidance, etc, but she has leaned on her passion for singing. It is always refreshing to hear others share their experience with anxiety because it allows others to understand more. Follow her on Twitter @CaitlinMicheleX
Anxiety. Ask Amy. Ep. 7
(Amy Poehler of NBC’s comedy Parks and Recreation)
Last night, I watched a 20/20 special hosted by Barbara Walters called ‘Best in TV: The Greatest Shows of Our Time with Barbara Walters.” While watching, Walters mentioned that David Letterman is shy. I researched this online today and found a lot of info on this. Check out the transcript to a 1992 Interview: