As Kendall Jenner put it, "I'm still a human being at the end of the day"—a human being with anxiety.
In the debut episode of Vogue's digital series, Open-Minded: Unpacking Anxiety, the 25-year-old supermodel did just that with clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula. During the video, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star reflected on the battle with anxiety and hypochondria she's dealt with from a young age and the physical manifestations of her struggle over time, including having shortness of breath and numbness.
"I think being overworked and being in the situation that I'm in now is kind of what set it out of control in a way," she said. "I've had times where I feel like I need to be rushed to the hospital because I think my heart's failing and I can't breathe and I need someone to help me. Sometimes I think I'm dying."
While she endures this personal battle, Jenner knows not everyone is going to be sympathetic. "There is going to be those people that say, 'Oh, okay, what does she have to worry about? What does she have to be anxious about?' and I'll never sit here and say that I'm not fortunate. I know I live a very privileged, amazing lifestyle. I'm a very blessed girl."
However, as she pointed out, her glamorous life does not make her immune to mental health challenges. "I still have one of these," Jenner said, pointing to her head, "and that thing up there sometimes doesn't always—I don't know—it's not always happy and it's not always connecting."
"I'm still a human being at the end of the day," the runway star continued. "No matter what someone has or doesn't have, it doesn't mean that they don't have real life feelings and emotions."
For those struggling to ease back into life outside the home after a year of isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jenner is with you.
"Before I was really overwhelmed, really overworked. I was always around people and I kind of got really overwhelmed with all of that to the point where I was like, I need to be alone," she explained. "Now it's more like, okay, we've all been super isolated to the point where I'm almost so used to that that now that things are slowly opening up, if I go to a dinner or if i see a few more of my friends than I'm used to seeing throughout this last year, that gives me anxiety."
For more of Jenner's conversation with Dr. Ramani, check out the video here.