Haynes has struggled with "intense anxiety" since he was a child, and on Tuesday, he took to Twitter to share this with his fans and encourage them to speak up and know they are not alone.
For those of you who are suffering with intense anxiety...ur not alone. It's been a constant struggle for me since 5th grade. It's a battle— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) December 2, 2015
Haynes went on to explain how his crippling anxiety has landed him in the hospital multiple times.
Anxiety had put me in the hospital a countless amount of times. Whether it be fainting, hyperventilating, or seizures...I've been through it— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) December 2, 2015
But that it's possible to fight through it.
Just know ur not alone & it affects more ppl than you would ever know. We can overcome this. We can fight thru it & will— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) December 2, 2015
Haynes acknowledged that anxiety is a serious problem and the dramatic effect it has had on his professional and personal life.
I've quite jobs because of anxiety, flaked on social events, family gatherings, birthdays, important movie/work tests. Its a serious problem— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) December 2, 2015
Most important, Haynes wanted fans in similar positions to know they are never alone. He also encouraged those who know someone with anxiety to show them their support.
Be there for those who struggle with anxiety & realize its a serious disorder. Its not a case of "being dramatic"...its a life long struggle— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) December 2, 2015
Love those suffering. Anxiety has caused me to be extremely agoraphobic & livin in constant fear of leavin my house at times. Ur not alone.— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) December 2, 2015
His words have served as an important reminder of just how serious anxiety can be, but they have also provided solace for some fans — and they were eager to share their gratitude with him.
@ColtonLHaynes Colton thank u. I remember u recommended a book "from panic to power" bought it bc of u & it's helping. Just wanted to tell u— Christina (@teen_hale) December 2, 2015
@ColtonLHaynes it takes a lot of courage to share this story, thank you for sharing it Colton. I hope that you're okay.— shane (@winchestermaine) December 2, 2015
@ColtonLHaynes finally someone who understands and put everything I wanted to say in words but I couldn't figure out how to explain it.— Bre Gonzalez (@BreLovesJustin_) December 2, 2015
@ColtonLHaynes I praise you for explaining your own experiences. I've suffered anxiety & depression & at times people just don't understand— Ana Temblador (@MsAnnie26) December 2, 2015
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