Stress Project- Emma Stone

By: Abbie Ruth

Emma Stone-anxiety & stress

The quirky “Spiderman” star told Vogue magazine that she used to suffer from severe panic attacks as a child. “I was just kind of immobilized by it,” she explained. “I didn’t want to go to my friends’ houses or hang out with anybody, and nobody really understood.”

How she dealt with stress/anxiety

Despite her childhood anxiety, however, Stone says she managed to work through her fears. After years of therapy and a foray into comic theater, she began to come out of her shell and pursue acting. By age 14, she had even put together a PowerPoint presentation to convince her parents to let her drop out of high school and start auditioning for roles .Stone's parents were able to find a therapist who, over the years, helped her work through her fears. However, she mentions that what really helped calm her anxiety was getting involved in improv comedy, which is a form of expressive therapy. Expressive therapy uses creative expression, alternative communication approaches, and physiological intervention to lessen the impact of anxiety. In other words, it allows those with anxiety to express their worry in a creative way, providing valuable forms of release. "It gave me a sense of purpose. I wanted to make people laugh," Stone recalled, "comedy was my sport. It taught me how to roll with the punches."


Stone says she still gets panic attacks sometimes, but has learned to channel her feelings into her work. For example, in order to cope with her anxiety during the filming of The Amazing Spider-Man, she turned her attention to baking.
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