Emma Stone

By Cassidy Collins

Agoraphobia (extreme or irrational fear of crowded spaces or enclosed public places)

Emma Stone may be one of the most popular young women in movies today, but she also dealt with numerous panic attacks to the point where she developed agoraphobia. While most people get panic attacks in their 20's, Emma Stone got her first panic attack in her youth. Today, she says she still deals with panic attacks once in a while, but has found that she's developed healthy coping strategies to deal with them.

Personal Experiences and Coping Strategies

In an interveiw with Emma she talked about her childhood experiences

"The first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend’s house, and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just would not stop. I would go to the nurse at lunch most days and just wring my hands. I would ask my mom to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later. I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change."-Emma Stone (from interview with the Wall Street Journal).

When Stone discovered acting, thankfully she says the "immediacy" of it kept her mind off of anxiety-provoking thoughts. "You can’t afford to think about a million other things," she explained. "You have to think about the task at hand."(Wall Street Journal)