During her one-on-one conversation with Willow Smith in the latest episode of Red Table Talk , Paris Jackson open about a lot of personal stuff! That said, one of the topics she got candid about was her struggle with PTSD as a result of being constantly stalked by the paparazzi as a child.
Paris revealed that “I experience audio hallucinations with camera clicks as well as severe paranoia.”
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As for how she copes with these symptoms of PTSD, the star shared that she uses a psychotherapy technique known as EMDR.
“It’s always been pretty tough, my social anxiety,” she said, adding that she’s been in therapy for “a lot of things.”
One of these things is apparently the wrong perception of sounds.
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“I hear a garbage bag rustle and I cringe and panic. It’s just standard PTSD.”
This is no surprise since Paris and her father, Michael Jackson , was the target of incessant media attention when she was a child and sometimes the paparazzi would go too far just to take a picture.
In an effort to protect his children from all that, Michael often made Paris and her two brothers wear masks in public.
Paris previously told Oprah Winfrey in another interview that as an adult she had realized that their father did that so that when they went out without him, no one would know it was them and they could have a normal childhood.
But even today, Paris avoids going out during the day to avoid the photographers and she also often has “nightmares” because they keep following her in airports and other public places.
“I do find that it affects my personal relationships, especially romantic ones. PTSD can affect just about every aspect of your life,” the 23-year-old added.