Carson Daly Reveals Long History Of Battling Anxiety & Panic Attacks: ‘You Feel Like You’re Dying’

Carson Daly

We applaud you, Carson Daly!

Inspired by NBA player Kevin Love‘s admission that he struggles with anxiety, the longtime TV personality revealed his own battle with panic attacks and mental health issues.

The Voice host told his co-hosts on Today on Friday that his anxiety started when he was a child:

“Looking back on my life, I was a worrywart kid. I was always worrying. My father died when I was 5. I had an ulcer when I was in high school. I’ve been nervous my whole life. My very first panic attack happened ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and, by the way, I had no idea what it was at the time ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ when I was a host at MTV. The success of my career, I flew to New York, and my life changed overnight. I had a hard time breathing. I was terrified for no apparent reason.”

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His attacks became so unbearable that he’s even sought help at the hospital:

“You feel like you’re dying. In fact, I went to the hospital. I’ve got leads [for heart monitoring] on my chest, and I’m like, my heart is going to stop, or I’m going to have a heart attack, and of course you’re perfectly fine.”

And you’d think his high-pressure job is the main contributing factor, but Carson explained that this is the way God made him, regardless of his career:

“To this day, whenever I’m on television ├óΓé¼┬ª I’m never still. Some days I’m just a little anxious. And you’ll see me, you’ll be able to tell. I’m fidgeting. People think, they hear anxiety, anxiety, high-pressure life, you’re on television. It’s nothing to do with that. I’ve had heightened anxiety and mild panic attacks at the playground with my own children and wife there, and the feeling was so terrifying and so gripping that I literally had to leave and excuse myself.”

But there is an upside to this part of how he’s wired:

“This is the way I was born, this is the way I’m hardwired, this is kind of the downside of the way God made me, and there’s a tremendous upside as well. I’m very sensitive, I love music, and music moves me in a very visceral way physically, so I get the chills hearing soul music, definitely. When I’m with my family, it’s a euphoric moment, and those things resonate to me very, very deeply, and that’s important to me because I feel so much love, and empathy and compassion. And that’s just the flip side to a lot of the anxiety.”

Watch Carson powerfully and passionately share his story (below)!

In effort to keep the mental health conversation going, let’s ch-ch-check out other celebs who have opened up about their own struggles (below)!

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[Image via NBC.]

Mar 9, 2018 1:16pm PDT

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