“Jersey Shore" is a guilty pleasure for millions of American viewers.
Following the lives of eight hard-partying young adults, the MTV reality show features wild nights, booze-fueled fights and casual sex.
Last season though, cast member Vinny Guadagnino temporarily left the show to cope with anxiety and panic attacks.
He talked to HLN’s Dr. Drew Thursday night about his new book "Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool”.
“I had my first full-blown attack when I was in high school,” Guadagnino said. “I was sitting at the desk and all of a sudden my heart started racing. Everything started closing in around me. I was like, ‘did I just have a heart attack?’”
The reality star later explained, “Usually, 99-percent of my life, I'm fine. It's really when I start to live an unhealthy lifestyle -- when I don't eat right, don't sleep -- these are elements to filming [the show].”
Guadagnino also noted that every time he overcomes an attack, he believes it's a sign of strength, which inspires him “to do other things.”
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