Khloe Alleges Rob Kardashian Crippled by Social Anxiety
The Kardashians aren't normally known for shying away from the spotlight, but Rob Kardashian is bucking the trend by staying out of the public eye, and sister Khloe says social anxiety is to blame.
Khloe Reveals Rob's Anxiety
In Touch reports that Khloe dished on Rob's self-imposed isolation, saying, "I just feel, especially over the last year, (he) has become very introverted and has a kind of social anxiety. He's definitely not at his happiest place that he once was, and I know he can get to that happy place and he will."
Rob recently gained around 70 pounds and is reportedly struggling with depression, too, so getting back to that "happiest place" might take some doing. Anxiety and depression are well known for going hand-in-hand, and the National Institute of Mental Health reports that some type of anxiety affects 40 million American adults every year. While the weight gain might be a trigger for anxiety and depression, both of those disorders include symptoms related to eating either too much or too little. Rob's body image could be causing the dual disorders, or the weight gain could be related to their symptoms. If it's the latter, the extra pounds could exacerbate the anxiety and depression, trapping him in a circle from which it's difficult to break free.
Dealing With Your Disorders
The video in this article details some steps to take to deal with anxiety disorders. Often, you can use your own strategies to alleviate symptoms. If that doesn't work, your doctor or a counselor can help you deal with the problem through therapy, medication, or a combined approach.
Depression often requires professional help when it's persistent and its symptoms impair your ability to function. This disorder may also need a combined approach. Antidepressants work well for some patients, but when they're not effective, talk therapy can fill in the void.
If overeating has caused you to gain weight, counseling or working with your doctor to implement a healthy eating plan can get you back on track. You might also benefit from a self-help group like Overeaters Anonymous.