Gina Rodriguez Reminds Us There's Nothing 'Different or Strange' About Anxiety

May 30th 2017

Almie Rose

Mental health disorders can feel lonely, which is why it can help when someone speaks up about struggling with one.

And Gina Rodriguez is talking about her own condition in a recent Instagram post.

Gina Rodriguez

The "Jane the Virgin" star shared a video taken by her artist friend, Anton Soggiu, for his series "Ten Second Portraits." Soggiu takes a 10-second video of his subject — no talking allowed. For Rodriguez, seeing this video of herself made her keenly aware of how she struggles with anxiety on a daily basis.

"No makeup. No styling. Just me. I suffer from anxiety," she wrote.



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The actress went on to write in the Instagram caption for the video, which she posted over the weekend:

"And watching this clip I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself. I wanted to protect her and tell her it's OK to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail. I like watching this video. It makes me uncomfortable but there is a freedom I feel maybe even an acceptance. This is me. Puro Gina."

Women are 60 percent more prone to anxiety disorders than men.

As the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports, simply "being female" is a risk factor for having an anxiety disorder. NIMH identifies three main types of anxiety disorders on its website: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder.

They also report women are "60 percent more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder over their lifetime." Currently, NIMH estimates 18.1 percent of the adult population in the United States experiences some form of anxiety disorder.

"People with GAD find it difficult to control their anxiety and stay focused on daily tasks," NIMH reports, adding, "the good news is that GAD is treatable." If you find that worries overwhelm you to the point where they present obstacles in your every day life, talk to your doctor.