los “America’s Got Talent” judge, 65, has spoken publicly about having obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in the past. The condition is marked by having intrusive, unwanted thoughts that can manifest as phobias and lead to repetitive behavior or compulsions as well as anxiety, de acuerdo con la Mayo Clinic.
Speaking to Gente in a recent interview, Mandel explained that, although he’s been open about his condition, he’s never fully revealed how low he can get when his condition impacts him. In particular, he tends to worry about his wife, Terry, and their kids, son Alex, 31, and daughters Riley, 28, and Jackie, 36.
In normal times, he would simply focus on the fact that his family was fine. sin embargo, in the midst of the pandemia de coronavirus el año pasado, the star says his OCD was kicked into overdrive.
“There isn’t a waking moment of my life when ‘we could die’ doesn’t come into my psyche,” le dijo al outlet. “But the solace I would get would be the fact that everybody around me was okay. It’s good to latch onto okay. Pero [durante la pandemia] the whole world was not okay. And it was absolute hell.”
Mandel explained that one of the biggest things he’s learned about himself is that finding laughter in his dark moments is perhaps the single best thing he can do for himself.
“My coping skill is finding the funny,” he revealed. “If I’m not laughing, then I’m crying. And I still haven’t been that open about how dark and ugly it really gets.”
He went on to note that finding his place in the comedy community saved his life in many ways. His thoughts on the matter echo those he’s made in the past.
In an article for ADDitude Magazine en 2018, Mandel explained that he’s managed to find the right projects, como “Deal or No Deal” that allow him to work without triggering his symptoms.
“Doing a scripted television series is tough, because my disorders make it difficult to write or read a script. I can do it — I was in St. Elsewhere back when — but it’s challenging,” él explicó.