Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds opens up about anxiety struggles

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Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has shared a candid message on Twitter talking about his struggles with anxiety and what he does to deal with it.

Acknowledging that May – which is Mental Health Awareness Month – is coming to a close, the actor wrote: "One of the reasons I'm posting this so late is I overschedule myself and important things slip. And one of the reasons I overschedule myself is my lifelong pal, anxiety.

"I know I am not alone, and more importantly, to all those like me who overschedule, overthink, overwork, over-worry and over-everything, please know you are not alone," continued the star.

"We don't talk enough about mental health and we don't do enough to destigmatize talking about it. But, as with this post, better late than never. I hope…"

Photo credit: Mark Sagliocco - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mark Sagliocco - Getty Images

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Reynolds previously spoke publicly about his mental health in 2018 in a New York Times profile.

"I have anxiety, I've always had anxiety," he said in that interview. "Both in the lighthearted 'I'm anxious about this' kind of thing, and I've been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun.

"When the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set.

"That's that great self-defence mechanism. I figure if you're going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly."

Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Staff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Staff - Getty Images

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Among the projects Reynolds has on the way are The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, coming out on June 16 in the US, as well as his upcoming comedy Free Guy, set for release on August 13, which he also produced.

Meanwhile, Deadpool 3 is still in its early stages as it is currently being written by Bob's Burgers writers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin.

Deadpool and Deadpool 2 are out now on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

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