'Frozen' Broadway Star Opens Up About Mental Health After Missed Show

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Patti Murin, also known as Princess Anna in Broadway's 'Frozen' got real with her followers when an anxiety attack forced her to cancel a show. 

“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,” she on her Instagram caption. “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.” 

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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Murin has received an overwhelming amount of support from colleagues and fans for being so honest about her struggles with anxiety. 

Murin told Huffington Post that she had struggled with anxiety in the past and even had a severe panic attack in March for an out-of-town 'Frozen' show in Denver. Her co-star Caissie Levy was there to help her out, just like the real sisters in the movie. 

Sometimes being a sister is better than being a princess. I love you, @caissielevy. You’re stuck with me. #frozenbroadway

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