‘This Is Us’ Showed Just How Terrifying An Anxiety Attack Can Be

‘This Is Us’ Showed Just How Terrifying An Anxiety Attack Can Be

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By Maria Guido


So many people are relating to “This Is Us” this week

In last week’s episode of This Is Us, something was clearly wrong with Sterling K. Brown. His hands were shaking. He just seemed distracted. This week via flashbacks, we learned that Randall has been suffering from panic attacks since he was a child.

A scene from this week’s episode between Randall and his brother Kevin, played by Justin Hartley, is being shared wildly because so many people have dealt with the terrifying experience of a panic or anxiety attack. If you’ve ever had one, you know they are incredibly hard to put into words. But watching Randall suffer through one is a visual example of what many of us feel from time to time.

Dread. Fear. Panic. When an attack comes on, it can be inexplicable. Anxiety is a mental health disorder, but the symptoms are so physically real that they can feel debilitating.

Here is the scene:

This Is Us ✔@NBCThisisUs
Nothing is more important right now. Share this moment of brotherly love, presented by @Chevrolet. #ThisIsUs

People are tweeting thank-you’s to NBC for attempting to show what it’s like to live with anxiety.

#ThisIsUs tonight was a stunning portrayal of what it’s like to live with anxiety.

— jillyfeather (@poeslilhelper) February 15, 2017

destani @banananamana
Thanks to @sterlingkb1 who just showed the world that anxiety isn’t just a gig made up in your head. @NBCThisisUs #ThisIsUs #randall

Rachel Skinner @20Rachelxo
#ThisIsUs just captured what it is like to have anxiety perfectly

Joy Pearson @JoyPearson
Watching Randall with his anxiety is so relatable it hurts. @sterlingkb1 is fantastic #ThisIsUs #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike

Infinite Jess @jessraefarris
I’m shook w/ appreciation for @sterlingkb1 & #ThisIsUs. Never seen a truer portrayal of the signs, symptoms, & fallout of panic & anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. They are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.


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