At face value, there is no denying that Jennifer Lawrence leads a pretty awesome life; she is talented, beautiful and wealthy and the epitome of Friendship goals as she is best friends with Amy Schumer. However, this doesn’t mean that it is easy for her to be in the public eye. Just like other people, the star also struggles with anxiety and she has come up with some great ways for coping with it. Her prescription for dealing with public scrutiny is to think of her public side as her avatar. This means that the public gets her avatar.
She accepts that being in the public eye is stressful, not just for her, but for everyone. This isn’t the first time the Oscar-winning actress has elaborated on her issues with anxiety. The brutally frank actress spoke out back in 2013 and said that she had been struggling with anxiety even before she was a teenager and had to see a therapist for treating this condition. The 25-year old said that her mother recalled she suffered from social anxiety when she began school. Acting was simply a form of self-therapy for her as it made her feel capable and happy as opposed to worthless.
Those suffering from anxiety rarely discuss the disorder due to the stigma associated with mental illnesses. Nonetheless, anxiety is the most common disorders in the US as about 18% of the adult population has to put up with ongoing anxiety in one form or another. 20% of the individuals suffering from some type of anxiety take prescription medications such as Xanax or Prozac for dealing with the symptoms. It is also common for the patients to come up with their own ways of countering anxiety. In Lawrence’s case, she has compartmentalized her private and public persona along with a refusal to worry about what anyone thinks.
It seems that she is managing her anxiety quite well since she is now Hollywood’s highest paid actress. By discussing her own mental struggles in the open, the actress is shining the light on a condition that’s discussed rarely and it is great for her to do so.