The least obnoxious cast member of Jersey Shore, Vinny Guadagnino departed the show of constant clubbing and GTL (gym, tan, laundry, for those of you who aren’t in the know), last Thursday to better manage his issues with his anxiety disorder.
Since then Vinny has decided to speak out to youth regarding his anxiety disorder, which is something he says he had since childhood but has worked over the years to better manage it. Vinny will partner with The Jed Foundation, a national nonprofit working to protect the emotional health of teenagers and college students, and MTV to tell his story and help others through the Peabody Award-winning Half of Us campaign.
“We all have hard times when we feel stressed or anxious, but if those feelings are interfering with your life, school, work, relationships, you need to reach out for help,” Guadagnino said.
Since his departure Vinny Guadagnino has penned a book (out April 17th) speaking out about his issues with anxiety and how to better control the chaos the disorder brings. The memoir called Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama and Maintain Your Inner Cool gives advice on how to handle anxiety and tips on how to get out of a funk.
Guadagnino recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his decision to write his memoir saying
I’ve always wanted to help people that have been through the same thing I have or been through anything hard in their lives. It helps me when I help people. I’ve been putting it together for a long time, and making an outline and putting the small pieces together but then it wasn’t until I realized when I was going to have this moment when I left and everyone would actually see what I’m going through. Once it was put in the spotlight I said, “You know what? Now’s a great opportunity.” People get it, they’ll relate to it, and they know if they want to seek help or read a self-help book that they can relate to, then now’s the perfect time to let it out.
Kudos to Vinny for using his fame from the deplorable show for good. Maybe something positive will come from Jersey Shore after all. Will you pick up the book?