For the First Time, YouTube Star Opens Up About Debilitating Mental Illness
Ethan and Grayson Dolan, better known as The Dolan Twins on YouTube, pride themselves on making fun, feel-good videos for their 2.5 million subscribers. But even though the brothers usually show only the positives happening in their lives, they, like every other teenager, go through hard times.
A couple days ago, the boys posted a vid titled “You’re Not Alone,” in which they open up about many hardships they’ve recently been going through, including severe anxiety and a scary cancer diagnosis.
“Sometimes I have anxiety attacks so bad that I fall on the floor and I literally can’t move and I feel like I can’t breathe and I feel like I’m gonna die,” Grayson said.
We’re not sure how long the 16-year-old has been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, but we’re sure it has only escalated in the wake of his father, Sean Dolan, receiving the news that he has cancer. The teen explained:
“Recently, our dad was diagnosed with cancer…I never thought that someone close to me would get cancer or have something as serious as this happen to them, but it did.
While Ethan didn’t directly talk about his dad’s diagnosis, he spoke a lot about turning negative situations into positives and wanted everyone to know that as much as they give him support, he will do the same right back.
“You guys are always there to give me constant support, so I wanna give you support by letting you know that if you’re going through something, you’re not alone,” the shaggy haired cutie said.
No matter how tough life gets for the twins, they know that they can get through anything with the help of each other and their fans.
“I don’t know how I would ever get through all of these stressful times and overwhelming times without Grayson.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Dolan family at this difficult time.
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