“I’d have panic attacks and, to me, they felt like I was dying of a heart attack.”
by Danielle Sinay
Ellie Goulding is one of 40 million people who experience a form of anxiety disorder.
The singer opened up about her struggles with the disorder to Stylist, explaining that she cancelled a slew of scheduled performances when she had reached a “breaking point.”
Ellie confessed that her anxiety made her feel like she was dying of “a heart attack,” describing her symptoms as a “very hot, burning feeling, like your heart is racing uncontrollably which is extra scary for me because I actually have a heart defect.”
She hadn’t realized the severity of the situation however, and only now does she acknowledge that her health had been in danger. “My tiredness, my slump, not wanting to exercise and not being interested in anything…wasn’t depression,” she explained. “It was just my body giving up.”
Ellie isn’t the first celebrity to discuss their anxiety as of late. Earlier this month, Camila Cabello abruptly walked off stage mid-performance, later admitting it was the result of a panic attack. She described these attacks as feeling “scared of what would happen to me, of the things my brain might tell me.” Honestly, we’d walk off stage, too.
Ellie and Camila aren’t alone – celebrities like Halsey, Demi Lovato, and Cara Delevigne have also discussed their struggles with mental health, because the truth is: TONS of people suffer from mental health disorders, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
It’s important to note that anxiety comes in many forms, and that there isn’t “one type” of anxiety. Some people experience panic attacks, while others suffer from specific phobias. Other forms of anxiety include Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Bipolar disorder, to name a few.
We’re so glad Ellie is getting the help she needs, and is using her experience for the greater good. Hopefully her honesty will inspire others to take their health seriously and get the help they need, too.
Thank you for your bravery, Ellie! We love you and hope you feel better soon.