TV personality Carson Daly inspired the mental health series through his struggle with generalized anxiety disorder

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“The Voice” presenter Carson Daly is giving more voice to those struggling with mental health issues with a new “Today” series this summer called Mind Matters, after being inspired by his own mental health journey with… generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), According to USA Today.

“You might know me from MTV or as a celebrity whatever you think of me. You might think my life is perfect. I have kids. I always look happy on TV or when you watch me on ‘The Voice,'” Daly said, but that’s not how it works.

2022 NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City on Monday May 16, 2022 - Pictured: (lr) Blake Shelton, Carson Daly, Nikki Bella.

2022 NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City on Monday May 16, 2022 – Pictured: (lr) Blake Shelton, Carson Daly, Nikki Bella.
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“In ‘The Voice’, when I live on Monday nights, most of the time, my right hand is in my right pocket, and I literally grab the meat of my thigh because I’m waiting for the moment of panic to pass.”

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The 48-year-old has struggled with generalized anxiety disorder as well as panic attacks for most of his life, referring to himself as “anxious” after his father’s death when he was 5 years old.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM5), Generalized anxiety disorder is defined as excessive worrying and worrying about a “number” of activities for at least 6 months that cause impairment in daily life.

A patient with this disorder finds it difficult to control anxiety and suffers from at least several symptoms of anxiety, such as insomnia, difficulty concentrating, irritability, sleep problems, tiredness easily, and muscle tension.

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“Once you realize that other people have GAD — it’s something that can actually be diagnosed, and there’s a psychology and physiology behind it — you have context, and I think learning about it all, talking about it, and exploring it rips the veil.” Daly of Santa Monica, California, He said.

NEW YORK, NY - May 16: Carson Daly attended the 2022 NBCUniversal Upfront at the Mandarin Oriental at Radio City Music Hall on May 16, 2022, in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY – May 16: Carson Daly attended the 2022 NBCUniversal Upfront at the Mandarin Oriental at Radio City Music Hall on May 16, 2022, in New York City.
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He first opened up about these mental health struggles on “Today” in 2018, describing how he had his first panic attack when he hosted MTV Show “Total Demand Live”.

“I had trouble breathing,” the host recalls. “I was terrified for no apparent reason.”

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He talks about being “sticking to” about the turmoil but denies that his attitudes on television have anything to do with it.

But after talking to a friend with the same condition, he started seeing a cognitive behavioral therapist, who helped give him the tools for how to best deal with the condition.

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on counterproductively changing thinking and behaviors by providing coping skills for living a more successful life, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

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Focuses on helping patients be their own therapist by working through exercises during sessions and customizing “homework” exercises outside of therapy, in which patients learn to change the pattern of thinking and behaviors that are detrimental to their lifestyle, according to the association.

“I randomly shared my story one day, and now this mental health district is sort of my place on NBC News and inside the show and creating ‘Mind Matters’ to find other stories of people like me, whether they’re famous,” Daly said.

NBC Entertainment's 2022/23 New Season Press Junket in New York City on Monday, May 16, 2022 - Pictured: (lr) Blake Shelton, Nikki Bella, Carson Daly, Parmageddon on USA Network.

NBC Entertainment’s 2022/23 New Season Press Junket in New York City on Monday, May 16, 2022 – Pictured: (lr) Blake Shelton, Nikki Bella, Carson Daly, Parmageddon on USA Network.
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He hopes the show will inspire more people to be comfortable talking about mental health.

“In some ways, we have a long way to go with stigma, and certainly with professional athletes…and I try to shed a lot of light on communities of color, because access to mental health care (in these communities) is just awful. And there really is an even worse stigma.” than they are for their white counterparts.”

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“But I think in general, conversations happen a lot more frequently. Mental health definitely hears in music and pop culture and from upcoming celebrities…and they’re willing to talk about it. So I definitely think we’re ‘re-orientated’ in the right direction.”