So many people are relating to “This Is Us” this week
In last week’s episode of This Is Us, something was clearly wrong with Sterling K. Brown. His hands were shaking. He just seemed distracted. This week via flashbacks, we learned that Randall has been suffering from panic attacks since he was a child.
A scene from this week’s episode between Randall and his brother Kevin, played by Justin Hartley, is being shared wildly because so many people have dealt with the terrifying experience of a panic or anxiety attack. If you’ve ever had one, you know they are incredibly hard to put into words. But watching Randall suffer through one is a visual example of what many of us feel from time to time.
Dread. Fear. Panic. When an attack comes on, it can be inexplicable. Anxiety is a mental health disorder, but the symptoms are so physically real that they can feel debilitating.
Here is the scene:
— This Is Us (@NBCThisisUs) February 15, 2017
People are tweeting thank-you’s to NBC for attempting to show what it’s like to live with anxiety.
#ThisIsUs tonight was a stunning portrayal of what it's like to live with anxiety.
— jillyfeather (@poeslilhelper) February 15, 2017
— destani (@banananamana) February 15, 2017
#ThisIsUs just captured what it is like to have anxiety perfectly
— Rachel Skinner (@20Rachelxo) February 15, 2017
— Joy Pearson (@JoyPearson) February 16, 2017
I'm shook w/ appreciation for @sterlingkb1 & #ThisIsUs. Never seen a truer portrayal of the signs, symptoms, & fallout of panic & anxiety.
— Infinite Jess (@jessraefarris) February 16, 2017
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. They are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
Think you may have anxiety disorder? Need help? The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has resources for you.