In all seriousness, I watched this interview on Monday and that’s actually what pushed me to finally get help for my depression and anxiety the very next day. I’ve got a long road ahead of me, I know that, with my bipolar disorder diagnosis being new….but if I ever meet him, I just have to tell him that this little interview of his probably saved my life.
Everything he says in this interview rings so true to me. Well, obviously not the movie star parts, but the part about brain noise being the source of suffering, and the best parts of your life being the times when you can settle that brain noise down. That’s exactly how my anxiety feels to me, like there’s this extra track in my head that I can’t control, that I have trouble not listening to a lot of the time.
I think it’s incredibly brave of him to be as open about this as he is. We’re so used to seeing actors as perfect, or as not-perfect in “typical” ways, we don’t think of them as people who get anxiety. The more people who are willing to talk about it, the less the stigma will be, and the more people will realise that if someone like Chris has this illness but can deal with it and be a good person, so can they. And hell, he’s probably articulating things a lot of people aren’t able to articulate themselves. God knows I didn’t realise I had depression until I saw other people talking about the symptoms and realised “that’s exactly how I feel”.
DO NOT BOOP MY NOSE