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Colton Haynes to His Younger Self: 'It's Okay to Be Anxious'

Colton Haynes to His Younger Self: 'It's Okay to Be Anxious'

Colton Haynes to His Younger Self: 'It's Okay to Be Anxious'

The out star opened up about his struggle with mental illness.

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Out and newly-engaged actor Colton Haynes talked about his childhood struggle with anxiety in a vlog for the Child Mind Institute.

Child Mind Institute asked Haynes what he would tell his younger self about his struggles with mental illness and his response is heartwarming.

"Some advice I would give to myself when I was younger?" Haynes said, "It's okay to be anxious." 

Haynes first opened up about his anxiety in 2015 to his 1.92 million Twitter followers, sharing that he'd lost jobs, flaked on important events, and even went to the hospital because of it.

"There's millions of people who suffer from crippling anxiety," Haynes explained in the vlog. "You're not alone. It gets so much better once you're able to learn the tools to cope with it."

One way Haynes copes with his anxiety? "Sometimes just having a dance party can really help."

Watch Colton's touching message in the video below.

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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!