Ryan Reynolds shared his lifelong struggle with anxiety in an Instagram post made on Wednesday.
The Hollywood actor – best known for Blade: Trinity, The Proposal and Deadpool – shared that he has been battling the mental health disorder privately.
‘One of the reasons I’m posting this so late is I over schedule myself and important things slip. And one of the reasons I over schedule myself is my lifelong pal, anxiety,’ shared the star, 44, who has three children with actress wife Blake Lively.
Coming clean: Ryan Reynolds shared his lifelong struggle with anxiety in an Instagram posted made on Wednesday. The Hollywood actor – best known for Blade: Trinity, The Proposal and Deadpool – shared that he has been battling the mental health disorder privately
Honest approach: ‘One of the reasons I’m posting this so late is I over schedule myself and important things slip. And one of the reasons I over schedule myself is my lifelong pal, anxiety,’ shared the actor
Their kids are Inez, six, Betty, four, and James, one.
And his longtime pal Hugh Jackman – whom he has a fake rivalry with on social media – said he was proud of his ‘mate’ for being ‘brave’ to share his battle with anxiety.
The post included only the white words on a black background with no adjoining photo.
‘May is almost over. It’s also Mental Health Awareness month. Which brings me to…’ Ryan started the note to his 37.6M followers.
‘One of the reasons I’m posting this so late is I over schedule myself and important things slip. And one of the reasons I over schedule myself is my lifelong pal, anxiety.
Props: His friend Hugh Jackman said, ‘Mate – your honesty is not only brave but, I’m positive will help countless others who struggle with anxiety too’
Proud of his longtime pal: The Wolverine star finished with, ‘Good on you!’
‘I know I’m not alone and more important, to all those like me who over schedule, overthink, overwork, over-worry and over-everything, please know you’re not alone.’
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).
These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. You may avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.
Examples of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), specific phobias and separation anxiety disorder. You can have more than one anxiety disorder. Sometimes anxiety results from a medical condition that needs treatment.
Information courtesy the Mayo Clinic
He concluded, ‘We don’t talk enough about mental health and don’t do enough to destigmatize talking about it. But, as with this post, better late than never, I hope…’
Anxiety is a mental health disorder ‘characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities,’ according to the Mayo Clinic.
This is the first time Ryan has discussed his disorder.
His longtime friend Hugh Jackman said, ‘Mate – your honesty is not only brave but, I’m positive will help countless others who struggle with anxiety too. Good on you!’
And his fans felt comfortable sharing their own stories with one saying: ‘I am the worrier of my family. I worry for everyone about everything. I wish I weren’t like this. It means I am the party pooper all the time. I want to feel free and relax.’
Another said: ‘Doesn’t matter if it’s Mental Health Month or some random Tuesday in September—we all need to be better about destigmatizing talking about mental health! we’re in this together.’
Reynolds does seem to have a lot on his plate as he balances his movie star career with a wife and three kids, and he has a gin brand.
And he has purchased Wrexham AFC, which is set to become the subject of a new documentary series.
The star teamed up with Rob McElhenney to become the new co-owners of the Welsh football team earlier this year, and it has now been confirmed FX are working on a documentary series about the acquisition.
Quite the franchise: The actor has made three Deadpool movies so far
More work: And the star from Canada also has his own gin company called Aviation
‘Welcome to Wrexham’ will follow the two actors in their mission to buy out the football club, as well as the lives of the residents of the small town in Wales where the club is based. FX have already ordered two seasons of the documentary, which will be produced by Broadwalk Pictures.
Ryan and Rob, both 44, will serve as executive producers alongside Nick Frenkel and John Henion. A premiere date for the series has not yet be announced.
Ryan and Rob completed their takeover of Wrexham in February.
In a joint statement, they said at the time: ‘It is a special day for the two of us to become the latest stewards in the long and storied history of Wrexham AFC.
‘Together with the players, the staff, the fans, and the local community, we can now pursue our goal to grow the team and return it to the EFL in front of increased attendances, and in an improved stadium, while making a positive difference to the wider community in Wrexham.’
His loving mega star wife: He is wed to Blake Lively of Gossip Girl and The Shallows fame
Their little ones: Their kids are Inez, six, Betty, four, and James, one. Seen in 2016 in Hollywood