Ryan Reynolds has spoken openly and frankly about his battles with mental health in the past, telling Variety that his wife, Blake Lively, keeps him "sane" during episodes of anxiety and panic attacks.

His role as lead actor and producer in Deadpool certainly took its toll on the Canadian, as well as other moments in his career when things didn't go to plan, such as the commercial and critical failure of Green Lantern.

He said of his actress wife:

"By the time we were in post, we'd been to Comic-Con, and people went crazy for it [Deadpool]. The expectations were eating me alive. Blake helped me through that. I'm lucky to have her around just to keep me sane."

He also believes that his anxiety may have started to manifest itself when he was just starting to hit his teenage years:

"Our father was tough. He wasn't easy on anyone. And he wasn't easy on himself. I think the anxiety might have started there, trying to find ways to control others by trying to control myself. At the time, I never recognised that. I was just a twitchy kid."

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Previously, Ryan Reynolds opened up about having a breakdown after Deadpool, telling GQ:

"I felt like I was on some schooner in the middle of a white squall the whole time. It just never stopped. When it finally ended, I had a little bit of a nervous breakdown. I literally had the shakes. I went to go see a doctor because I felt like I was suffering from a neurological problem or something. And every doctor I saw said, 'You have anxiety'."

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"I never wanted to reveal too much. Even now I'm a little nervous, because you're having a conversation with somebody, and you could say something that either (a) just exposes your utter explosive ignorance about any given subject or (b) could be misinterpreted. I used to just shut down, like, 'Okay, only crack jokes and cover the subject at hand in a very kind of cursory way'. But I've embraced the fact that I'm smart. I've embraced the fact that I'm an idiot. I've embraced the fact that I'm funny. If this were five, four, three years ago even, I wouldn't have been like, 'Come on in to my home, meet the baby'. It's all human life. Take it or leave it."

If you are having similar feelings, it's always good to talk.

Explore more here and don't suffer in silence. Reach out. It's the brave thing to do.

MIND: 0300 123 3393.

Samaritans: 116 123.

CALM: Outside London 0808 802 5858, inside London 0800 58 58 58.

Mental Health Foundation.

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