Speaking out about mental health can be difficult, so it’s no wonder people are praising this Broadway star for revealing her battle with anxiety.
Patti Murin plays Anna in the musical version of Disney’s Frozen in New York. An adaptation of the phenomenally successful movie, the show opened in February of this year.
But Murin stole the show yesterday after she posted on Instagram that she had missed the previous night's show because of a “massive anxiety attack”.
“It had been building up for a while, and while the past month has been incredible, all of the ups and downs and stress and excitement really takes a toll on my mental health,” she said.
“I’ve learned that these situations aren’t something to ‘deal with’ or ‘push through.’ Anxiety and depression are real diseases that affect so many of us. It requires a lot of rest and self-care to heal every time it becomes more than I can handle in my daily life.”
Her candid nature about her mental health has been praised on social media, with many thanking her for drawing attention to anxiety and depression.
On Instagram, one commenter said they also “struggle through limitations from my mental illnesses every day,” adding that “hearing something like this gives me validation and hope I’ve never had before.”
“As the Mom of a 9-year-old princess who struggles with anxiety daily THANK YOU for being upfront about this!” said another. “It is people like you and stories like these that we need to be sharing more of!” one more wrote.
It is estimated that up to 5 percent of people suffer from some form of anxiety, sometimes referred to as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It can lead to feeling restless or worried, having trouble concentrating, and panic attacks.
Murin said Disney had been supportive of her decision to miss the show, and she was “grateful to them” for helping her “navigate my life and work”. For many, her message will be an inspiration that shows just how debilitating mental health disorders can be, but are not something to be embarrassed or ashamed of.
“Just remember that you’re not alone, your feelings are real, and this is not your fault,” said Murin. “Even Disney princesses are terrified sometimes.”