Kim Basinger has spoken candidly about the impact agoraphobia has had on her life and how she had to “relearn everything.”
The actress said she struggled for years with the anxiety disorder, which is typically categorized by fear of places or situations and often leads to panic attacks or feelings of embarrassment or helplessness.
Speaking today (April 27) on Facebook Watch’s Conversation at the Red Table — hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris and daughter Willow Smith — Basinger revealed the details of her agoraphobia.
“I wouldn’t leave the house. I wouldn’t go to dinner anymore,” the actor told the hosts.
She continued: “It’s really horrible to feel this as intensely as I did during those years and not know what it was.
“It’s like something inside you shuts down completely and you have to relearn everything.”
“I had to relearn how to drive. And I wouldn’t walk through the tunnels in Malibu for many years,” she added.
“Everything used to make me nervous … Everything became a big task of figuring out how to do it,” she said.
Basinger explained that in addition to mental challenges, she also experienced physical symptoms: “You live with a dry mouth all the time. You are very shaky. You’re just so exhausted all the time.”
Conversation at the Red Table airs Wednesdays on Facebook Watch.
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