‘This Is Us’ Showed How Debilitating and Scary an Anxiety Attack Can Be.

Bravo to This Is Us for showing how real anxiety can be.  A character on the hit NBC show suffered a panic attack and the portrayal was spot-on.  Fans of NBC’s family drama This Is Us may have noticed that Randall Pearson (played by actor Sterling K. Brown) seemed a bit off at the end of last week’s episode. Of the three Pearson siblings, Randall is usually the one who seems to have everything together—but his shaking hand was a clear sign that something wasn’t quite right. Sure enough, we learn that Randall has been coping with anxiety since he was a child and experiences crippling panic attacks when overwhelmed.  Panic attacks are characterized by a surge of intense discomfort and fear, explains James Murrough, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He tell us that Randall’s character exhibits signs of panic disorder, a form of anxiety in which patients experience recurrent panic attacks throughout their life. It’s common for panic disorder to start in childhood, Dr. Murrough says—and in a flashback scene, we see young Randall experiencing an attack while doing homework. (His brother Kevin ignores Randall instead of offering support.) Read more and watch video at http://www.health.com/anxiety/this-is-us-anxiety-attack?xid=socialflow_facebook_health&utm_campaign=health&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

 

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