We love when our favorite celebrities play their most vulnerable roles — themselves — and candidly speak out about facing similar struggles that many of us face in our daily lives, as well. 2017 Best Actress Oscar winner Emma Stone is the latest star to open up about her experience living with anxiety in a new video for the nonprofit Child Mind Institute.
"[Anxiety] has always been something that I've lived with and it flares up in big ways at different times in my life," she says in the video. "Sometimes while it's happening, like while I'm in a phase of big turmoil or the anxiety is very strong, it feels like it's never gonna end — but it does."
The video is part of the Child Mind Institute's #MyYoungerSelf campaign: Every day in May (Mental Health Awareness Month), a new "prominent individual" will share his or her experience and encouraging message about growing up with mental health and learning disorders.
This isn't the first time the 28-year-old Oscar winner has opened up about her struggle with anxiety. In January, she told the Hollywood Reporter that she's been in therapy since age 7 to help her cope with feeling "frightened about the world" and interacting with others.
"I was just kind of immobilized by [anxiety]," she told Vogue in 2012. "I didn't want to go to my friends' houses or hang out with anybody, and nobody really understood."
The "La La Land" actress also revealed just how debilitating her childhood panic attacks could get.
"When I was about 7, I was convinced the house was burning down," she told Rolling Stone last year. "I could sense it. Not a hallucination, just a tightening in my chest, feeling I couldn't breathe, like the world was going to end. There were some flare-ups like that, but my anxiety was constant."
In her #MyYoungerSelf video, Stone says that learning coping methods, such as therapy and meditation, have helped her live a "vibrant and exciting" life.
She closes out her video message with an inspirational message, letting kids with anxiety know that their struggle is normal.
"Everyone experiences a version of anxiety or worry in their lives," she said. "There's nothing wrong with you... it's part of what makes you amazing."