If you've been following the Kardashians and Jenners for more than a decade now, then it probably doesn't come as a surprise to you that Kendall Jenner suffers from anxiety. In the later seasons of the show, when her modeling career started taking off, we saw clips of how her busy scheduling affected her mental health. Here's a clip of Kendall calling momager Kris Jenner while she was having an anxiety attack:
When she gets on a plane, like for Fashion Week, she feels "super lightheaded". The supermodel spoke about experiencing sleep paralysis, too: "I can't travel that much. I'm scared. I'm scared to fall asleep because it keeps happening to me. It's almost like my heart stops."
Unpacking Anxiety with Kendall Jenner
In the first episode of Vogue's Open-Minded: Unpacking Anxiety, Kendall spoke to Dr. Ramani Durvasula about this mental health struggle: "Being overworked and being in the situation that I'm in now is kinda what set it out of control. I've had times when I feel like I need to be rushed to the hospital because I think my heart's failing and I can't breathe. And I need someone to help me. Sometimes, I think I'm dying. Sometimes, parts of my body will go numb. It can be intense and scary."
She shared that people probably think her life is so perfect that she has nothing to be anxious about; Kendall acknowledged that she's more privileged than most. Pointing to her mind, she said, "I still have one of these. That thing up there—It's not always happy. It's not always connecting. I'm still a human being at the end of the day."
During her talk with Dr. Durvasula, we learn that anxiety is on a continuum. When it's mild anxiety, people are still able to get through the day. But when it gets in the way, "it makes people more uncomfortable at work. It makes people more uncomfortable in their relationships. It makes people more uncomfortable out of the house...Everything is scary." That's called clinically significant anxiety.
Speaking about her social anxiety, Kenny said, "We've all been super isolated, to the point where I'm almost used to that, now that things are slowly opening up, if I go to a dinner or if I see a few more of my friends that I'm used to seeing throughout this last year, that gives me an anxiety." Likening it to when you come up for air too fast while scuba diving, Dr. Durvasala advised taking your time with social interactions. You don't have to say yes to every invite, you guys.
Panic attacks are common when it comes to experiences with anxiety. According to Dr. Durvasala, "It's all a miscommunication in the brain. Everything gets ramped up." She added, "Anxiety is like a magnifying class, and it magnifies only the bad things—every little pain...In essence, what we're trying to do is take that magnifying glass and put it to being a regular lens, especially physical sensations, because anxiety is such a physical disorder."
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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