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Carson Daly Opens Up And Finally Reveals An Interesting Fact About Himself, Says He Suffers From Panic Attacks: “You Feel Like You’re Dying”

We here (mainly me) at TVST have hated on Carson Daly a lot. Not in a mean way, of course. It’s usually a few jokes about how boring/vanilla he seems to be. It’s like if you made a white dude in a factory, he’d probably look and sound like Daly. I haven’t been able to connect to him ’cause he seems and acts like a robot.

But finally, during a recent episode of Today, the 44-year-old host of ‘The Voice‘ talked about something that makes him relatable. He revealed he’s been suffering panic attacks for around 20 years now.

He had his first attack minutes before going live on Total Request Live, which he hosted on MTV from 1998 to 2002. “I had a hard time breathing. I was terrified for no apparent reason,” he recalled. It was even more frightening the first time because he had no idea what was happening.

Daly was later diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. Basically, he is constantly worrying about a lot of sh*t, and he can’t do much to control it.

“I was a worrywart kid. I was always worrying. My father died when I was 5. I had an ulcer when I was in high school. I’ve been nervous my whole life. At times I feel like there’s a saber-tooth tiger right here. And it’s going to kill me, attack me, and bite my head off. I’m scared as if that’s really happening. You feel like you’re dying.”

Some of you might be thinking, “Well, get off TV! That’s obviously why you’re so anxious,” but Daly claims it’s not the pressure of hosting a show watched by millions that gives him anxiety.

Even a day at the park with his family could trigger a panic attack…

“I’ve had had heightened anxiety and mild panic attacks at the playground with my own children and wife there. The feeling was so gripping and so terrifying that I literally had to leave and excuse myself.” 

So how does he treat this condition? He talks with a therapist, who teaches him how to manage his anxiety, and he also does yoga and exercises.

And if for some reason you don’t believe his anxiety is real, he encourages you to watch ‘The Voice’ live on Monday or Tuesday, and you’ll see that he’s “never still.”


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