Howie Mandel opened up to living with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder most of her life.
Judge “America’s Got Talent”, 65, has previously spoken publicly about having obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The condition is characterized by having intrusive, unwanted thoughts that can manifest as phobias and lead to repeated behavior or coercion as well as anxiety, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Speaking to People in a recent interview, Mandel explained that although he has been open about his condition, he has never fully revealed how low he can get when his condition affects him. In particular, he tends to worry about his wife, Terry, and their children, son Alex, 31
In normal times, he would simply focus on making his family feel good. However, amid the coronavirus pandemic last year, the star says his OCD was kicked into overdrive.
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“There is not a waking moment in my life where ‘we could die’ does not enter my psyche,” he told the outlet. “But the comfort I would get would be the fact that everyone around me was okay. It’s good to hold on to okay. But [during the pandemic] the whole world was not okay. And that was absolute hell. “
Mandel explained that one of the greatest things he has learned about himself is that finding laughter in his dark moments is perhaps the best thing he can do for himself.
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“My mastery ability is to find the fun,” he revealed. “If I’m not laughing, I’m crying. And I still have not been so open about how dark and ugly it really gets.”
He went on to note that finding his place in the comedy community saved his life in many ways. His thoughts on the matter repeat those he has made in the past.
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In an article for ADDitude Magazine in 2018, Mandel explained that he has managed to find the right projects, such as “Deal or No Deal,” that allow him to work without triggering his symptoms.
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“It’s hard to make a script TV series because my ailments make it difficult to write or read a script. I can do it – I was in St. Elsewhere, then – but it’s challenging,” he explained.