Actress, singer and producer Corinne Foxx is a triple threat, and she also lives with an anxiety disorder, which she was diagnosed with at the age of 14. On April 12, she joined Dr. Deepika Chopras Dear Media podcast looking up to discuss her journey with mental health and prove that being successful and living with a mental illness are not mutually exclusive. Her latest project, Dad stops torturing me! on Netflix, is inspired by his own experiences growing up and plays his father Jamie Foxx as a successful businessman who unexpectedly becomes a full-time father to a teenage girl named Sasha.
At the beginning of his conversation with Dr. Chopra reflected Corinne on how she was as a teenager and how her external confidence went hand in hand with her self-confidence. During a 9th grade class in English, Corinne started having a panic attack and realized, “My heart was pounding out of my chest. And then it got to a point where my anxiety got so bad that I didn’t want to go to school. “Once she realized that the problem was more than she could handle on her own, Corinne decided that she” would not let this anxiety disorder get the best out of [her]”and began to see a therapist, the same one she still sees today.” Being as transparent about your own journey as possible is actually one of the best ways to get people into treatment, “she said.
“When I was growing up, I always felt like I had eyes on me. I always felt like people were looking to find reasons to say I was bratty or hanging out.”
As she learned to deal with her anxiety and panic attacks, Corinne said she was grateful to her parents for giving her as normal a life as possible, unlike other Hollywood families who were constantly followed around by paparazzi. “I will say though, while growing up, I always felt like I had eyes on me. I always felt like people were looking for reasons to say I was bratty or stuck-up.” As a result, Corinne did her best to be perfect at all times to avoid “ruining” and actively fighting stereotypes.
Corinne said she has since learned these tendencies toward perfectionism through years of therapy and given herself “space to just be a normal human being.” To alleviate her worries, Corinne continues to go into therapy, exercise regularly, meditate, go for walks, hang out with friends and make sure to get eight hours of sleep per day. Night. In 2017, Corinne partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to share her journey with anxiety and the tools she has developed throughout her life to manage her disorder through an article in Refinery 29. The response to her story was overwhelming and encouraged Foxx to continue working with NAMI to shift the narrative around mental health. “When it first happened, I was like, ‘Oh, people want this conversation,'” she said.
The core of her conversation with Dr. Chopra is the idea of building yourself as a person is a process and it is important to be transparent about the struggles we face between point A and point B to inspire each other to move forward. Today, Corinne says her teenage sisters inspire her to see the future in a positive light. “I think this next generation really gives me hope and I’m really excited to see all the change that they want to bring.”