Meghan Trainor Speaks Out About Her Battle With Panic Disorder
After being hospitalized for panic attacks in 2017 and later diagnosed with a panic disorder, Trainor started seeing a therapist, taking medication, getting acupuncture, and working out.
"Now it's been a couple of years, and I haven't had a panic attack in so long," she said. "I feel like I conquered it."
The panic attacks began after the singer underwent a second vocal cord surgery, forcing her to cancel tours. The fear of losing her ability to sing triggered sleepless, anxiety-ridden nights. Trainor even confused some panic attacks, when she felt her throat closing up, for allergic reactions.
The artist acknowledged her doctor for helping both her and her parents see past the stigma of mental health medication. "The best thing my doctor ever told me," she said, was 'You use an inhaler for your lungs, right? Why can't you use medicine to fix your brain?'"
Along with medication, her therapist has taught the young star the value of rewarding yourself after overcoming periods of anxiety. The concept even inspired her song "Treat Myself," which is also the album title, in which she sings, "I been working real hard on myself, on my health, and my happiness."
One aspect of treating yourself, according to Trainor, is also loving yourself. Engaging in positive self-talk can help quiet anxious or harmful thoughts. Prioritizing self-care while balancing family and a high-profile career can be challenging, but with the help of those around her, Trainor has figured it out.
Trainor joins a group of other brave celebrities, including Selena Gomez and Chrissy Teigen, who are helping change the conversation about mental health.
Abby Moore is an editorial operations manager at mindbodygreen. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and has previously written for Tribeza magazine. She has covered topics ranging from regenerative agriculture to celebrity entrepreneurship. Moore worked on the copywriting and marketing team at Siete Family Foods before moving to New York.