Globally, anxiety affects around 1 in 4 people at some point–whether that’s severely or mildly–yet there’s such a stigma against mental illnesses, including anxiety disorders. Zayn Malik, formerly part of One Direction, reminded the world that anxiety affects everyone, including celebrities. This is especially good for bringing awareness to teenage anxiety since his fans tend to be on the younger side. The Guardian recently reviewed why Zayn decided to cancel his gig at the Capital Summertime Ball.
Zayn says he was experiencing the “worst anxiety of my career”
Before the performance was set to begin, Zayn released a message on social media detailing his struggle with anxiety when performing:
“Unfortunately, my anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me…With the magnitude of the event, I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career.”
Anxiety is something many performers suffer from, including Adele, Emma Stone, Lena Dunham, Chris Evans, and John Mayer. There’s probably many more that are just afraid to come forward because of the stigma placed on those that do.
What this means for teenage anxiety
Anxiety often begins in the adolescent years, making it an important time to recognize it and seek out help–but many teens don’t. Teenage anxiety isn’t rare; about 1 in 4 teens struggle with it, yet rarely do they receive the treatment they need. Zayn Malik is helping break the stigma. Many teens look up to him, which means when he comes out about his anxiety and speaks about seeking help, others will, too. Even if it’s just a few, that’s a few teens that aren’t suffering through teenage anxiety alone anymore. By admitting his issue to the world, he’s brought a new awareness to teenage anxiety.
Solstice East can help
Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with depression, teenage anxiety, trauma, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help our girls lead themselves back onto a path of health and happiness.
For more information about how Solstice East handles teenage anxiety, please call 828-484-9946.