Kim Kardashian West is giving anxiety issues a public platform.
The star opened up about her personal experience with the condition on Sunday’s episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
“I’ve been having anxiety lately,” Kardashian West told her friend Jonathan Cheban during the show, according to People. “I am not this person.”
Kardashian West additionally opened up about her difficulties with her sister Kendall Jenner, who was experiencing anxiety issues of her own. Kardashian West said her severe stress often flared up when she was driving, while Jenner was experiencing persistent anxiety due to issues with sleep paralysis.
The two eventually sought help from a mental health professional during the episode and participated in a meditation exercise, which research shows may be effective in helping abate symptoms of anxiety.
The stars’ experiences provide further proof that anxiety can affect anyone and manifest for myriad reasons. Anxiety is not a character flaw or a bid for attention. The condition, which affects more than 40 million American adults, can cause incessant rumination, panic and worry ― sometimes over nothing. The disorder can also lead to physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomach issues.
Kardashian West confessed on the show, which which was filmed before she was robbed in a Paris hotel last month, that she hopes to find a way to make the condition more manageable so it doesn’t interfere with her daily routine.
“I think about it all the time, it drives me crazy,” she told her therapist during the episode. “I just want to get past my anxiety and live life… I never had anxiety and I want to take back my life.”
As many people with anxiety can attest, this sounds all too familiar.