In Hollywood, Anxiety Is the New Alcoholism.

Remembering the shows and people who started it all.

Courtesy of YouTube

Movies like Days of Wine And Roses and Lost Weekend showed the shocking slide of alcoholism where beautiful stars like Lee Remick ended up looking like street trash.

Nobody describes an anxiety attack as “a can of ginger ale going off in my head” without having firsthand experience.

Here was Kim, surrounded by paparazzi, walking down the red carpet. If she could get out there, being watched by billions of people, what’s a trip to the local A&P for the rest of us?

In the Taoist discipline, people are told to be more “like willows”.

He’s a murderer. That’s the “known” quotient. What he doesn’t know is anxiety.

The Institute of Mental Health estimates that 30% of people with panic disorders abuse alcohol and 17% abuse drugs.

Clean up your life and your anxiety will go away. How many self-help books have promoted the same thing?

Her stress was built up in front of people. She wanted to please everybody — her fans, her critics, her family.

We can’t just cut it out. If we could, anxiety removal would probably replace nose jobs in Hollywood.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store