Does this sound familiar?
In a recent interview with Forces TV, a U.K. Army channel, Prince Harry opened up about his experience with panic attacks, giving an honest description of what itâ€™s like to deal with thisÂ mental health issue.
â€œIn my case, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, my heart beating â€• boom, boom, boom, boom â€• literally, just like a washing machine,â€ he said.
Harry also said that his fight or flight stress responses would kick into gear, but he couldnâ€™t act on them.
â€œI was like, â€˜Oh my God, get me out of here now. Oh, hang on, I canâ€™t get out of here, I have got to just hide it,â€™â€ he explained.
The princeâ€™s account will ring true to theÂ millions of Americans who deal with anxiety and panic disorders. Theyâ€™re debilitating and they often appear without warning.
Panic episodes cause immediate and increased stress in a person who experiences them. They can lead to shortness of breath, feeling intense fear, an accelerated heart rate, nauseaÂ and more. Sometimes theyâ€™re triggered by a certain event but others happen for no apparent reason.
Harryâ€™s candor is in keeping with hisÂ longtime advocacy for mental health. Along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the prince created the anti-stigma initiative Heads Together. He is particularly close to military and veteran mental health, often speaking with armed forcesÂ about post-traumatic stress disorderÂ â€• an issue that affects 8 million adultsÂ in a given year.
Earlier this year he also discussed how not processing his grief over his motherâ€™s death affected his mental wellbeing over time. He admitted to the Telegraphâ€™s Bryony Gordon that he saw a mental health professional at the age of 28 after multiple years of â€œtotal chaos.â€
Experts overwhelmingly support this kind of move: Mental health treatment can help people manage their conditions. Not only that, research suggests talking to a therapist can positively rewire the brain.
In the Forces TV interview, Harry stressed how common mental health conditions are and encouraged other people struggling with them to seek support.
â€œRather than running around at 50 percent capacity, imagine if we could run around at 100 percent capacity,â€ he said. â€œImagine what we could achieve.â€