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Celebrity Social Anxiety

Did you know that Social Anxiety Disorder affects hundreds of actors and musicians around the World? Some of our most famous celebrities have struggled with the devastating effects of this disorder.

Many people believe that actors, musicians, etc. become socially phobic during the course of their careers, and that’s why some of them turn to drugs, etc.

You’ll get no argument from me, that anxiety has pushed many performers into the world of narcotics. Although, I believe that in the majority of cases, socially anxious people become performers, to protect themselves from social anxiety.

Let me give you a quick statistic…

It’s estimated, that approximately 7% of the general population suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder. However, surveys have shown that about 75% of professional performers have suffered from Performance Anxiety.

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What does it mean

If we look at the general descriptions for each, you’ll see they’re very similar.

Performance anxiety is the anxiety, produced by the requirement to perform in front of an audience. In the context of public speaking, this may precede or accompany participation in any activity involving public self-presentation. Quite often, it arises in anticipation of a performance, often a long time ahead. It has numerous manifestations:

  • stuttering,
  • tachycardia,
  • tremor in the hands and legs,
  • sweaty hands,
  • facial nerve tics,
  • dry mouth,
  • nausea and
  • dizziness

 

Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is an anxiety disorder characterized by a significant amount of fear in one or more social situations causing considerable distress and impaired ability to function. These fears can be triggered by perceived or actual scrutiny from others.

Physical symptoms often include:

  • stuttering,
  • tachycardia,
  • tremor in the hands and legs,
  • sweaty hands,
  • facial nerve tics,
  • dry mouth,
  • nausea and
  • dizziness

So, as you can see, Performance anxiety and Social Anxiety have identical symptoms and a very similar cause.

It’s my belief that many performers seek out (maybe unconsciously) acting, or music as a way to distract people from their social anxiety. It gives them the opportunity to BE someone else. So, people see them as this confident and powerful person. Believing them to be the person they’re portraying.

It can’t be a coincedence that so many performers suffer.

 

What’s your view? I’d love to know what you think.

Have you taken acting classes, or thought about it?

Let me know 🙂

 

Be Brave.

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