‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Matt Brown Relates His Anxiety to ‘Rabid Squirrels in Rib Cage’ in New Video

by Amy Myers

Yesterday, former Alaskan Bush People star Matt Brown rode into Instagram with another dose of introspection and wisdom. This time, he spoke about how he handles his depression and anxiety and shared some thoughts from his recovery process in hopes that it would help some of his followers. Always looking to improve himself, the former reality TV star is always open about his struggles with mental health and substance addiction.

During his most recent video, Brown shared that he wanted to emulate motivational speakers in regards to how polished their speeches sound. However, he quickly realized that this wasn’t an authentic approach for him.

“I’m more shoot-from-the-hip,” the Alaskan Bush People star admitted.

While Matt might wish to be a bit more fluid in his delivery, his followers seem to love that he not only casually opens up the conversation to important topics like mental health but also shares his unedited, raw reactions to the subject matter.

‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Shares His Perspective on Depression

Like many recovering addicts, depression, anxiety and substance abuse are a packaged deal for the former Alaskan Bush People star. So, when Brown looked up the formal definition for depression, he didn’t feel that the passage quite captured what he experienced with the condition. According to his Google search, the definition of depression was the feeling of “dejection and despondence.”

“And that wasn’t very helpful,” Brown shared.

Instead, he found the definition of despondence more fitting. He described the feeling as “a state of low spirits” that is “caused by a lack of hope and courage.”

The Alaskan Bush People star then explained that he manages his depression by looking inwards at his perspective on life. Rather than blaming external factors that affected his mood, Brown works to adopt a more positive outlook on his circumstances. That way, he is in control of his own happiness.

Matt Brown Describes How He Experiences Anxiety

As Brown iterates, every person experiences depression and anxiety differently. For the Alaskan Bush People star, his response to the condition tends to be physical as well as emotional. Whenever he experiences a state of heightened anxiety or panic, he could feel it all throughout his body–from “my chest” to “the top of my belly.”

“It felt kind of like butterflies but not,” Brown tried to explain. “It was more like rabid squirrels trying to chew their way out of my ribcage.”

Brown also shared that his battle with anxiety is much more difficult than with depression. While he can track the cause of a depressive episode, oftentimes, his anxiety spurred without provocation. The Alaskan Bush People star then quoted a line from one of his favorite movies, After Earth, that he felt captured his struggle with anxiety.

“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity.”