Disney Channel actress and singer Dove Cameronhas opened up about her anxiety on Twitter, telling her fans she doesn’t try to hide her anxiety — instead, she works to embrace and manage it.
Sometimes watching our favorite actors or actresses on TV can make us forget they’re actually human. We think of them as the characters they play, forgetting that they too are real people. When Dove tweeted that, just like 40 million other people, she struggles with anxiety, it was a real reminder that anyone can be affected by mental health issues, no matter how successful or happy they seem.
Dove talked about her anxiety after a fan asked if she has it.
When another fan tweeted that Dove hides her anxiety well because she seems happy, Dove said something so true and powerful.
People with anxiety can be truly happy. Not always, though, and that’s OK. Managing anxiety and other mental illness has ups and downs, including feeling so anxious one day that you can barely function, and feeling perfectly good the next day. As long as you are working toward self care, though, you’re on the right path. Dove is right when she says hiding anxiety isn’t the way to go — working on living with it and finding ways to be happy with anxiety is the best bet.
For Dove, anxiety management means a lot of things.
Those things might not work for everyone, though. Managing your anxiety might mean taking some time to yourself to meditate or do something that makes you happy like reading or watching your favorite show. It might mean getting in some gym time, visiting a therapist, ortaking medication. Whatever the best method for you is, it might take some time to find it. Dove confirmed that when she told a fan to be gentle with herself.
Dove did a lot to clear up some misconceptions about anxiety with her Twitter conversation, and she pointed out how important it is to keep talking about mental illness out in the open.
Talking about anxiety can not only help people struggling with it feel better, but it can make room for other people hiding mental illness to get the help they need. There’s no shame in mental illness, and the more we talk about it like Dove did, the more people realize that.