As of late, conversations regarding anxiety and other mental health conditions have been in the spotlight. Thousands of people all across the country have revealed the struggles they deal with on a daily basis and how they learned to cope. Recently, former MTV broadcaster Carson Daly revealed his own struggles with anxiety and what he does to handle it.
According to the Today Show, Daly says he had his first panic attack when he was hosting the MTV show “Total Request Live” back in the day. He said anxiety hit him out of nowhere just as he was about to go on air. He revealed earlier in March that he was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, which causes him to constantly feel worried and fearful. He says he wanted to share his story to help others, especially men, who feel like they have to keep everything to themselves.
Daly says he has been dealing with anxiety for many years, and it all started when he was a child. He says he became more and more worried after moving from California to New York City for a job with MTV. According to Daly, anxiety attacks can come on at any time, even during situations when he should feel extremely calm.
“I’ve had heightened anxiety and mild panic attacks at the playground with my own children and wife there. The feeling was so gripping and so terrifying that literally I had to leave and excuse myself,” Daly said.
He knows, and he wants other people to know, that anxiety isn’t easy to fix. And that’s exactly why he’s talking about it now. After speaking with a friend, Daly found out that anxiety is actually a genuine health disorder that someone can receive treatment for. He decided to go to a cognitive therapist, who would teach him about the disorder and give suggestions for potential solutions.
Too many people confuse stress and anxiety, which prevents many anxiety sufferers from getting the treatment they need. As of spring 2014, about 21 million U.S. households owned a spa, pool, or hot tub to use for purposes including relaxation. Sometimes, however, someone needs much more than relaxation to deal with anxiety.
According to the Montrose Daily Press, Daly’s cognitive therapist shared with him the practice of muscle retention relaxation. Muscle retention relaxation is a technique that involves something like clenching your fist pretty hard. This technique actually allows someone to feel relaxed and calm, and Daly also utilizes yoga and exercise.
Daly used to be so worried about what others think of his disorder. He used to try and hide it, but not anymore. Now, Daly uses his anxiety as a “badge of honor” to help others and to let the world know it’s okay to struggle with mental health.