One of the New Kids on the Block Had Panic Disorder

Remember all those boy bands back in the 80’s and 90’s? Did you know one of the original members of New Kids on the Block, Jonathan Knight, eventually quit the band because of his panic disorder?

He had a really hard time with all aspects of being in the band: interviews, talk shows, accepting awards, and even being in the recording studio.

When New Kids on the Block received an American Music Award and his band members went up on stage to accept the award, he was panicking and had to stay backstage.

Here he is on Oprah talking about his panic disorder.

You can actually see him struggling while he’s on the stage. What a brave young man to come forward and speak for the silent millions.

He wasn’t even aware of what he was suffering from and didn’t get help until 1997.

Even though this interview is from 2001, can you imagine- here’s a young man with millions of dollars, with (you would think) the best access to medical care- and he really struggled like a lot of us and didn’t know what was plaguing him. Here he is on Oprah years later and still having a hard time.

You don’t often hear about people in the public eye who suffer from panic disorder.  I think it still has a big stigma attached to it. It’s certainly not ‘pc’  like OCD (Howie Mandel, Cameron Diazl) or ADD (Michael Phelps, Jason Kidd). My hope is that someday it will be. When more celebrities attach their name to something, it often makes it more ‘acceptable’.

Jonathan, my heart goes out to you watching this video. I hope you are well today.

19 million Americans struggle with an anxiety disorder. People we are so not alone with this.

I wish you peace,
Jill G.

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One Response to One of the New Kids on the Block Had Panic Disorder

  1. Jarret says:


    Very interesting post. I personally agree with you that there’s still a significant stigma associated with psychiatric conditions. It is very unfortunate that society has made improvements in accepting these diagnosis, but there’s still a long way to go.

    At the same time, the other issue that you’ve identified is that people with Panic Disorder or other conditions often lack insight into their conditions which also prevents them from seeking help.

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