Lee Byung Hun Opens Up About His Panic Disorder In Esquire’s November Issue

In the latest issue of fashion magazine Esquire, actor Lee Byung Hun opens about his panic disorder.

“Since a few years ago, I have suffered from panic disorder,” the actor reveals. “My personality has always been the type to get nervous easily, but when a panic attack suddenly hits, I can’t breathe. I don’t know why that happens.”

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Lee Byung Hun continues, “Usually in situations that I can’t escape like a fan meeting or a public radio broadcast, I have a moment where I can’t hear anything [and my mind goes blank].”

“I think, ‘What should I do? Should I just run out like this? Can I do that?’ and am conflicted like that for at least 10 minutes,” Lee Byung Hun says. “But my conclusion after all of that is, ‘Aish, even if I faint, I’ll just faint here,’ and I endure it.”

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“But when I’m really scared or when my nervousness reaches a boiling point, I think, ‘Is there much to life anyways?’ and go out. I have a bit of a happy-go-lucky personality,” Lee Byung Hun says, laughing.

Meanwhile, you can catch the full pictorial and interview featuring Lee Byung Hun in the November issue of Esquire.

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