By Cassidy Collins
Agoraphobia (extreme or irrational fear of crowded spaces or enclosed public places)
Personal Experiences and Coping Strategies
"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)