Patti Murin Cancels 'Frozen' Broadway Performance Due to Anxiety

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Patti Murin attends Variety's Power of Women: New York event at Cipriani Wall Street on April 13, 2018 in New York City.

While Broadway stars get up on stage in front of hundreds of people every night, that doesn’t stop them from experiencing mental health struggles. Patti Murin, who plays Princess Anna in the musical Frozen, opened up about her rough journey with anxiety after having to cancel a performance on Tuesday night (April 17).

“So last night I called out of the show because I had a massive anxiety attack in the afternoon,” the actress wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “It had been building up for a while, and while the past month has been incredible, all of the ups and downs and stress and excitement really takes a toll on my mental health.”

“Anxiety and depression are real diseases that affect so many of us. It requires a lot of rest and self care to heal every time it becomes more than I can handle in my daily life,” she continued.

She also took the opportunity to encourage a positive outlook for her followers who might be experiencing the same things. “Just remember that you’re not alone, your feelings are real, and this is not your fault. Even Disney princesses are terrified sometimes.”

See the post below.

 

So last night I called out of the show because I had a massive anxiety attack in the afternoon. It had been building up for a while, and while the past month has been incredible, all of the ups and downs and stress and excitement really takes a toll on my mental health. I’ve learned that these situations aren’t something to “deal with” or “push through.” Anxiety and depression are real diseases that affect so many of us. It requires a lot of rest and self care to heal every time it becomes more than I can handle in my daily life. While I hate missing the show for any reason at all, Disney has been nothing but supportive of me as I navigate my life and work, and I’m so grateful to them. Just remember that you’re not alone, your feelings are real, and this is not your fault. Even Disney princesses are terrified sometimes.

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