AceShowbiz - Elizabeth Olsen has gotten candid about her experience of suffering panic attacks. When opening up about the matter in an interview with Variety, the "WandaVision" star revealed that she started experiencing them when she was 21.
"I remember I would get [panick attacks] on the hour every hour," the 33-year-old told the outlet. "I used to live on 13th Street between 6th and 7th. I was crossing 6th Avenue at 14th Street, and I realized I couldn't cross the street - I stood up against the wall, and I just thought I was going to drop dead at any moment."
Elizabeth went on to describe the "spiraling" feeling that would happen in her body. "If I went from cold to hot, hot to cold, full to hungry, hungry to full - any kind of shift in my body, my whole body thought, 'Uh oh, something's wrong!' " she explained.
"It was so weird," the "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" actress said. She continued, "A ENT doctor said that it could be vertigo related because it was all about truly spinning. So it was an interesting six months."
Elizabeth revealed she asked help from a friend with similar problems to cope with the feelings. According to the Hollywood star, her friend was seeing a medical professional for the issue and knew a lot of brain games.
Speaking about one strategy called "repetition," Elizabeth elaborated, "It actually was very similar to an acting exercise that we did at Atlantic," referring to her time at the Atlantic Acting School in New York. She added, "You just are constantly making observations about the person in front of you and you're just trying to connect."
"When I would walk down the street, I would just start naming everything I saw out loud to get myself out of the spiraling thoughts in my brain," the "Avengers: Endgame" star detailed.