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Control the Crazy

My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool
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We all have the power to make our lives better in an instant. You have absolute power to control your crazy. In his new book, Vinny from Jersey Shore shares the step-by-step program that has helped him...
We all have the power to make our lives better in an instant. You have absolute power to control your crazy. In his new book, Vinny from Jersey Shore shares the step-by-step program that has helped him...
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  • We all have the power to make our lives better in an instant. You have absolute power to control your crazy. In his new book, Vinny from Jersey Shore shares the step-by-step program that has helped him get a handle on his anxious mind and filled him with a sense of personal power and control that has rocked every facet of his life.

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    The Story Behind the StoryYou may have seen me recently and very publicly hit my emotional "breaking point" during season 5 of Jersey Shore. I bailed from the Seaside house, setting off rumors that I may have left the show for good. Yet, regardless of what you've seen on TV or read, trust me when I say--no one knows the story I'm about to share with you.

    To fully understand my behavior, it's important you know what led up to it. So, let's go back several years to when this story really began.

    It was 2009. I was a twenty-two-year-old kid, living the life--partying in Seaside Heights, sharing a coed beach house with seven tanned and toned guidos and guidettes, and hooking up with super hot girls on a national TV show. Yet, two weeks into the filming of the premiere season of Jersey Shore--BOOM!--I awoke one night out of a dead sleep short of breath. I couldn't get enough air; I felt like I was friggin' suffocating. My heart began to race, and I was seized by feelings of dread and doom. I was having an anxiety attack.

    I'm trapped. I have to get out of here.

    All my roommates were nervous to some degree. On a reality TV set, cameras follow you around day and night, and it's no surprise their constant 24/7 presence can create some stress. But that's not what was bothering me. The dark, oppressive cloud that was closing in around me had nothing to do with cameras, crews, or craft services. Rather it had everything to do with what was going on inside me.

    Thankfully, I'd scored one of the few single rooms in the house, so when the attack hit I was removed from my seven roommates. They had no clue that I was wide awake, pacing the floors and freaking out. I spent most of the late-night hours feeling trapped in my single bedroom, convinced I was losing it and my head was going to burst. My mind was spinning on high speed, as if my thoughts had been thrown into an industrial-strength washing machine.

    On a reality TV set, you're basically cut off from the sounds of the outside world--no phone, Internet, TV, or radio. Besides the noise we make, it's relatively quiet. When I'm at home on Staten Island, I usually fall asleep with the TV on, but when I'm shooting Jersey Shore there's nothing like that to distract me from my thoughts. And trust me, the crazy, doomsday thoughts I was having that night were not the kind you want to be left alone in bed with.

    Because I'd been picked for the show to fill the role of the authentic and fun-loving guido who liked to fist-pump on camera, I was afraid to tell anyone about what was going on in my head. Being on the show was a huge opportunity, and I didn't want to blow it. So for the next several days I tried to ignore my anxiety, push through, and fake it for the cameras. I pretended I was having a good time, but the truth was that I felt disconnected and alone. Every minute of every hour, I felt like an outcast standing outside a house party watching everyone inside having fun. I went through the motions, playing the class clown, but my mind was in a dark place. I feared that the fun-loving Vinny that the MTV producers were counting on had disappeared. If I didn't quickly snap out of my funk during the brief six weeks we were filming, I was going to come off looking like a major head case on national TV. Problem was--I'd been in this low-down place before, and that hell ride had lasted several months. What was I going to do? The world was watching. I was on a locked set. This was the worst possible scenario for someone like me--someone who suffers from chronic anxiety.

    My battle with anxiety first reared its ugly head when I was a freshman in high school. I'd always been a pretty likable and...

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  • Vinny Guadagnino was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, and comes from a traditional Italian-American family. He graduated from CUNY College of Staten Island with honors, took the LSAT, and was a political aide for a State Assemblyman before joining Jersey Shore in 2009. When he's not appearing on reality and scripted television, Vinny focuses on prosocial issues.

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