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“It was really bad,” the Aloha star says. “The first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend’s house and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mum and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just would not stop.”
“I would go to the nurse at lunch most days and just wring my hands,” Stone continues.
“I would ask my mum to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later. I just needed to know that no-one was going to die and nothing was going to change.” (Post continues after gallery.)
This isn’t the first time Stone has spoken about her anxiety.
“I didn’t want to go to my friends’ houses or hang out with anybody, and nobody really understood. I was just kind of immobilised by it,” she told Vogue in a 2012 interview.
Stone started seeing a therapist, but surprisingly found it was the very thing that usually causes panic attacks in others that helped ease hers – performing.
It was at a local youth theatre that The Amazing Spider-Man discovered her most effective anxiety treatment… and a passion for acting.
“There’s something about the immediacy of acting. You can’t afford to think about a million other things – you have to think about the task at hand,” Stone explains to the Wall Street Journal.
Stone also meditates every day to ease her anxiety. Here a simple guide if you want to try it too. (Post continues after video.)