Actress Busy Philipps is ‘proud to wear’ her anxiety around her neck
Actress Busy Philipps, the latest celebrity to open up about her struggle with mental illnesses, has taken a bold and unique approach to do so. As a way of helping people get rid of prejudices and the stigma associated with anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions, Philipps is literally “wearing” her anxiety around her neck so that people can take notice.
In a recent post on social media, the “Cougar Town” actress was seen wearing a gold-plated necklace imprinted with the word “Anxiety.” Philipps highlighted the isolation and loneliness she experienced due to anxiety, particularly after the birth of her eldest daughter Birdie. Wearing the necklace made her “proud”, and it was part of her daily attempt to not let anxiety get the better of her. The actress, who has been vocal about her struggles with anxiety, depression and binge eating in the past, admitted that there were occasional days when she still battled her inner demons.
The necklace, along with a “Depression” necklace, is part of a mental health-focused initiative by Los Angeles-based lifestyle company ban.do. Jen Gotch, ban.do’s founder and chief creative officer, said, “One thing we can all do is work to remove the stigmas associated with mental illness.” The aim behind launching the jewelry was to encourage conversations about “feelings” and helping people reach a stage where they would be “comfortable asking for and receiving help.” Proceeds from the necklace sales will be given to Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit dedicated to mental health issues.
“Talking about these things helps”
Philipps emphasized the benefits of openly discussing mental health issues, mentioning that it had helped her greatly. Besides being an active mental health advocate on social media, Philipps also co-hosts a podcast called “We’re No Doctors” with actor-comedian Steve Agee. Philipps has spoken about her struggles on some of the episodes. Her various attempts to highlight her struggles, and particularly wearing the necklaces, seek to inspire people to be more forthcoming in discussing their emotional state.
In a previous social media post, Philipps disclosed that exercising intensively helped her in lifting the “fogs of anxiety”, controlling her binge eating habits and making her feel better about herself. She also highlighted that she was undergoing therapy. Philipps’ social media disclosures have elicited mostly positive responses from her followers. Some have lauded her (and other celebrities) for making efforts to end the stigma and normalize discussions about mental health issues. Others appreciated the fact that the proceeds from necklace sales would go towards a noble cause.
Anxiety disorders occur commonly
In the United States, 18.1 percent of the adult population, or nearly 40 million adults aged 18 or older, suffer from anxiety disorders every year, making it the most common mental illness nationwide. Although anxiety disorders can be treated, only 36.9 percent of affected individuals receive treatment. Individuals with anxiety disorders have a three- to five-time higher likelihood of visiting a doctor, and a six-time higher likelihood of being hospitalized for psychiatric disorders, compared to individuals without anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders often co-occur with other mental and behavioral issues, including bipolar disorder, sleep disturbances, substance use disorders (SUDs), eating disorders and stress. The co-occurrence of other psychiatric disorders aggravates the symptoms of anxiety and impedes recovery. Past research indicated a high rate of co-occurrence of anxiety disorders and SUDs characterized by a higher severity of symptoms, greater disability levels, and impaired disease progression compared with either disorder alone.
Treatment for anxiety disorders
A variety of options are available for treating anxiety disorders, with the commonly used approaches being medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a long-lasting and highly effective form of treatment where an individual’s negative thoughts are channelized into positive behavioral changes.
If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety and other mental illnesses, the Recover Mental Health can help. We provide evidence-based therapeutic programs for anxiety disorder treatment. Call our 24/7 helpline number 866-593-2339 or chat online with one of our experts to know more about the best anxiety disorder treatment centers in your vicinity.