Sandra Bullock is set to co-star with Brad Pitt in the next film Bullet Train, following her success in the action comedy The Lost City with Channing Tatum. The trailer for the film was recently released. Outside of the film industry, Bullock, 57, has spoken about a moment in her life when she was under a lot of stress and developed anxiety and alopecia.
The actress, who is currently appearing in ITV4’s adaptation of the 1994 film Speed, said a few years ago that she once felt she was going to die owing to a series of stressful life events that had a bad physical impact on her body.
During a conversation with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield Norris, Bullock claimed that she “wasn’t the same” after a stalker broke into her home, the final straw in a series of unfortunate incidents.
Bullock claimed in the days leading up to the break-in that the first stressful occurrence involved her son Louis, who suffered a grand mal seizure, leaving her terrified for his life.
Some people associate an epileptic fit with a grand mal seizure, also known as a tonic-clonic seizure. Other medical disorders can occasionally cause this type of seizure, such as:
Low blood sugar and High temperature
These seizures often progress through two stages: the “tonic” stage and the “clonic” stage. People usually lose consciousness during the first stage. People may get stiff and collapse to the ground.
Bullock was concerned about her young son’s condition. A few days later, she was bitten by a toxic spider, and things only got worse from there, as her hair began to fall out in clumps.
“When I looked at that, I thought my body was going to break,” the actress recalled. ” It wasn’t responding well to what was going on.”
“My hair is starting to thin. I have alopecia spots everywhere I look. I’m laying out my hair in front of the bathtub.”
“If I can’t get it together, I’m going to die. Although I can almost always manage practically everything, my body will experience something that I have no control over.”
In addition to her baldness, Bullock’s house invasion when she was hiding in the closet caused her to acquire “extreme anxiety” and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In an emotional statement, the actress detailed her home being broken into while she was present. “I’m thinking, ‘This doesn’t end good,’ as I’m in the closet. It’s not going to help that I’m hiding in the closet. Louis was only with me that one night.”
Following the incident, the actress sought counseling, specifically eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, which she described as her “unraveling” process (EMDR).
EMDR, which employs side-to-side eye movements and talk therapy, assists patients in dealing with the images, feelings, beliefs, and physical sensations associated with traumatic experiences, which can lead to a variety of mental health difficulties.
“There may be a great change from someone who is continuously reminded of a traumatic experience and all of the unpleasant symptoms to feeling like it is behind them and no longer of concern,” said EMDR consultant Dr. Justin Havens.
“Using EMDR helps jump-start your body’s natural healing and recovery process after a trauma. Your therapist is by your side as you heal from the inside out.”
Bullock discovered that this type of therapy was helpful in dealing with her PTSD and reducing the terrible stress that was causing her alopecia.
PTSD patients’ physiologic reactions to severe stress or panic are long-lasting, as opposed to a fast reaction to an immediate threat or dread.
In other words, even when no threat exists, the body sends hormonal signals to shut down non-essential processes (such as digestion, skin healing, and hair growth) so that energy can be spent on responding on our instinctive responses to danger. This may help some people comprehend why they begin to lose their hair after being diagnosed with PTSD.
When treating PTSD in persons who are losing their hair, it is critical to massage the scalp softly and avoid scorching the hair with tools or strong chemicals. If you have sensitive and bothersome bald areas, a dermatologist can advise you on effective scalp treatments.