Ben Affleck had a dissociative panic assault whereas smoking weed when he was 15

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“I only smoked weed when everyone else smoked, and I had to sort it out and fake it for Bill Clinton. I didn’t really like marijuana. ”

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Angela Stelmakowich

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November 25, 2020 • • November 28, 2020 • • Read for 2 minutes • • Join the conversation FILE: American actor Ben Affleck poses on arrival for the world premiere of FILE: American actor Ben Affleck poses when he arrives for the world premiere of “Triple Frontier” on March 3, 2019 in New York City. /. Photo by JOHANNES EISELE / AFP via Getty Images

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As a cast member of the Stoner movie Dazed and Confused, one might think that Ben Affleck is a huge fan and regular user of weeds. One would be wrong.

Then, in his early twenties, Affleck reports in his new book that getting up was far from his comfort zone – something he says some cast members embraced. “I had a bad experience with marijuana when I was 15. I had a dissociative panic attack,” writes the 48-year-old Oscar winner on page 6 in “Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral Story of Richard Linklaters Dazed and Confused” .

Both cannabis and alcohol weren’t that much of Affleck’s life when Dazed and Confused was filmed in 1992. He avoided drinking and smoking with other performers for the most part, but when needed he manned, persevered, and faked fun on his way to stardom.

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“I only smoked weed when everyone else smoked, and I had to sort it out and fake it from Bill Clinton,” he writes. “I didn’t really like marijuana.”

Anxiety Canada reports that some teens who have panic attacks do not experience deealization. The most common sensations include a distorted perception of the time, space, and size of things around the person, feeling like everything is foggy, blurry, or distorted, and thinking about going crazy or very sick.

A study of cannabis-induced depersonalization and derealization disorder conducted two years ago found that the most important risk factor appears to be a history of pathological anxiety. “Anxiety-prone young men who use cannabis may be at extremely high risk of cannabis-induced depersonalization and derealization disorder, especially when cannabis is consumed under high stress.”


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Affleck, who became an alcoholic much later and is now in recovery, wasn’t even a heavy drinker in the early 1990s and, unlike some other castmates, never drank or smoked at work, Page Six reports. “I was a little nervous like we should drink before we go to work tomorrow?” Affleck notes in the book that became available last week.

“I don’t really mind talking about alcoholism and alcoholics,” Affleck, who previously announced on Instagram that he’d been in a treatment center for 40 days, told Today two years ago. “It’s part of my life. It’s something that I’m into. It doesn’t have to kind of wrap up my whole identity and be everything, but it’s something you know you need to work on, ”he said at the 4:55 mark.

The cult classic helped launch or advance the careers of several members of the cast, including Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich and Matthew McConaughey, who never seems too far off a joint even in his acting decisions.


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