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'Arrow' Actor Stephen Amell Gets Real About Mental Health After Suffering A Panic Attack Mid-Interview

Stephen Amell suffers a panic attack mid-interview.

Stephen Amell is opening up about mental health struggles after a recent interview about his hit show Arrow took a turn for the worse.

During a December appearance on Michael Rosenbaum‘s Inside of You podcast just now making the rounds, the 38-year-old star was discussing the CW drama’s 8th and final season when he began to have a scary panic attack!

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The taped conversation began on an emotional high note as Amell got real about being at his wits’ end and being completely burnt out mentally, physically, and emotionally following his 8-year tenure with Arrow. After this, Stephen started to have an anxiety attack.

“Is it hot in here or am I just sweating?” said the actor before sharing that he might be sick and needed to cut the interview short. He explained:

“I’m not feeling well at all. I think I just got to go. I just kind of want to walk. I just need fresh air.”

The episode’s synopsis explains he left the show in “an unprecedented manner,” but later returned “with enough bravery to re-address his current mental health.”

When the interview picks back up two weeks later, the Canadian-born star was in much better spirits and admitted he “should’ve canceled” the scheduled interview. He went on to explain he hadn’t fully processed the show’s ending nor the physical and mental stress he endured on set playing the superhero Green Arrow all of these years.

Despite a long run playing the beloved character, Amell was more than ready to move on with his life:

“I just feel like I’ve been trying to do things for people for the past eight years, and I just need a f***ing break.”

The actor said he used the time between recordings to focus on self-care, which included working out, talking to his wife, and meditating. He also received medical treatment, too:

“I went home, I laid on the couch, I had an IV service come to the house, and they just pumped me full of fluid and vitamins.”

Glad to hear he’s doing better!

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A panic attack isn’t an easy thing to go through, but we absolutely commend both parties for shining light on such a sensitive topic. They could’ve certainly omitted the part where things went south, but hearing it all go down will definitely have an impact on listeners.

Amell also explained the situation again on Twitter, promoting the episode while telling fans:

“I did Rosey’s podcast after Arrow ended. We had to cut it short because I had a full on panic attack. It wasn’t pretty. I came back a few weeks ago to chat about it. I was in a really bad spot and I’m happy to report that I’m doing much better. Listen please :)”

And added more on Rosenbaum’s post about it, too:

We’re just so glad to hear he’s doing better and we wish him all the best during this next chapter of life.

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN]

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Jan 22, 2020 09:57am PDT

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