Kendall Jenner opens up about anxiety: 'Sometimes it's out of your control'

In the wake of the model and reality TV star's comments about anxiety, Dr. Stephanie Dowd discusses what parents should know and look out for in their children.
4:10 | 02/20/18

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Transcript for Kendall Jenner opens up about anxiety: 'Sometimes it's out of your control'
Now we'll go to our "Gma" cover story about Kendall Jenner opening up about her battle with anxiety and how she copes on "Keeping up with the Kardashians." Diane Macedo is here and this is a struggle she's faced for some years. She's dealt with for her entire life but said there were a few things that happened last year that made matters worse. Now she's addressing it head-on. Supermodel Kendall Jenner is opening up about her struggle with a condition that affects millions. I like feel distant and out of it all the time and my anxiety is just crazy. Reporter: The reality star says she's always struggled with anxiety and high Poe chondria. I think since I was a kid I've always been a high upon Condrey yak. The past year was incredibly hard. Starting with Kim's robbery then I got robbed then I have my stalkers. That's why I don't tweet or Instagram because I just that gives me anxiety too. Reporter: So the 22-year-old has decided it's time T talk about it with her family. Now that I sit here and I can verbally say that, I think that that will help me with the steps to take the time and really address it. Reporter: Jenner is not ale. According to the anxiety and depression association of America women are twice as likely to experience anxiety as men and more and more young stars are opening up about the issue. Emma stone, Bella hadid and Selena Gomez have talked about their struggles with Gomez saying anxiety is, quote, not something I feel I'll ever overcome. As for Jenner she's working on treating her anxiety with meditation and acupuncture. Anxiety is all mental. I try to maintain it but sometimes it's out of your control but I think I'm very blessed to be in the situation I'm in and every year that I do fashion months it gets a little bit easier. That said it's the middle of fashion month and Jenner just posted a snowboarding video with the caption time off so looks like she is taking a break and the Kardashians get a lot of blow back for not being relatable but a lot are listening and saying, that's me. Dr. Stephanie dowd, a clinical psychologist is here with us. You see Kendall talking about it and some of the other young stars talking about anxiety. How does it help others who suffer from anxiety to have these young stars talk about it? It helps a lot. It's important to know that anxiety disorders are real, common and treatable. It affects 40 million adults in the U.S. Alone. And I haven't evaluated Kendall Jenner but I respect her for talking openly about it because hopefully this will allow people to really finally destigmatize having mental health and encourage people to get help. What's the difference between day-to-day anxiety and an anxiety disorder? And at what point should you seek treatment? So, anxiety is Normal. We all live with it. We all live with worry. Anxiety can be very healthy and adaptive -- it's what motivates us to get that bill paid on time but when anxiety becomes a disorder is when it becomes excessive and interfering in our lives so you want to seek help from a licensed mental health counselor. When it becomes excessive and interferes in your health or work and relationships and the longer you wait to get help it could become worse. We saw in the piece women suffer two types as much as men from anxiety but men suffer from it as well. Absolutely. Everyone suffers from anxiety. They can suffer from an anxiety disorder. It's important to know that, you know, men, women, children, older adults are all at risk potentially and it's important that we talk about it openly. Social media. Yes. How does that play into anxiety? It plays way role. You know, social media provides highlight reels. Showing only the best moments of a person's life while hiding Normal daily struggles, so people can feel self-doubt. They can feel pressure. When they look at other people's images of their beauty, success and happiness, so it's important to know that and to check in with yourself. If you're realizing maybe your self-esteem or mood is dependent on what you see on social media, maybe you want to limit it. Yeah, peel back a little from it. Dr. Dowd, thank you so much. Now over to you, rob.

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