Kim Basinger, who won an Academy Award for her acting, has stated that she is unable to leave the house due to her anxiety and agoraphobia.
The 68-year-old actor, best known for roles in films such as LA Confidential, Batman, and 8 Mile, has generally stayed out of the public eye in recent years.
“I wouldn’t leave the house,” Basinger was quoted as saying in a part excerpted from an interview she conducted on Jada Pinkett Smith’s talk show Red Table Talk. The segment aired on the morning show Good Morning America in the United States. ” I’ve resolved not to go out to dinner anymore.”
“A fear of being in places where escape might be difficult or that aid wouldn’t be available if things go wrong,” is how the National Health Service (NHS) describes agoraphobia.
A person suffering from agoraphobia may be terrified not only of being out in public, but also of taking public transit, travelling to a shopping mall, or even leaving their residence.
Those who suffer from this condition are more likely to encounter symptoms similar to panic attacks. These symptoms can include a racing heart, quick breathing, a feeling of heat and sweating, and nausea.
Agoraphobia is often a consequence of panic disorder, which is an anxiety disease marked by panic attacks and acute moments of fear.
There is some evidence that stressful events, such as the death of a loved one, can result in the development of agoraphobia.
“It’s terrifying to feel something as intensely as I did for so many years and not know what it was,” Basinger said. “It’s truly horrifying.”
“It’s as if something inside of you just completely shuts down, and you have to relearn everything.”
“I had to relearn how to drive from scratch. In addition, for many years, I avoided driving through the Malibu tunnels.”
“Everything used to worry me, like… which foot should I put forward to open the door? Everything became a tremendous issue in terms of figuring out how to complete it.”
Basinger, who shares custody of her daughter Ireland with her ex-husband Alec Baldwin, went on to say that she suffered from physical ailments as well, saying, “You live with a dry mouth all the time. You are extremely unsteady. You must be completely depleted of all energy.”