Anxiety: Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her childhood anxiety... which was triggered by her daughter Willow's anxiety as well

Jada Pinkett Smith admits suffering from anxiety when she was growing up

Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her childhood anxiety… which was triggered by her daughter Willow’s anxiety as well.

The 50-year-old actress opened up on her Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk, where she was joined by 21-year-old Willow, plus another famous mother-daughter duo, Kim Basinger, 68, and Ireland Baldwin, 26.

Pinkett Smith revealed that it took Willow’s struggles with anxiety to realize that she suffered from that as well when she was growing up.

Anxiety: Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her childhood anxiety… which was triggered by her daughter Willow’s anxiety as well

Willow: Pinkett Smith revealed that it took Willow's struggles with anxiety to realize that she suffered from that as well when she was growing up

Willow: Pinkett Smith revealed that it took Willow’s struggles with anxiety to realize that she suffered from that as well when she was growing up

‘It took me a long time to understand Willow. I mean, just her anxiety. I had a really difficult time relating, because, two things — her lifestyle and how she was brought up very different than mine — I don’t know what it’s like to be a child under hot lights,’ Jada began.

‘And then just, really not knowing how to comfort her, not knowing what help she needed, not understanding the behavior,’ she added.

She added that, when she was a child, she used to, ‘chew my fingernails down to the cuticles. But they didn’t say that was anxiety. I was a nail biter, that’s it.’

Long time: 'It took me a long time to understand Willow.  I mean, just her anxiety.  I had a really difficult time relating, because, two things ¿ her lifestyle and how she was brought up very different than mine ¿ I don't know what it's like to be a child under hot lights,' Jada began

Long time: ‘It took me a long time to understand Willow. I mean, just her anxiety. I had a really difficult time relating, because, two things — her lifestyle and how she was brought up very different than mine — I don’t know what it’s like to be a child under hot lights,’ Jada began

The actress slowly started to realize from her daughter’s behavior that she was suffering from anxiety while growing up as well.

‘One thing I would say in having to deal with, and learn about her anxiety, I’ve had to look at some of my own behaviors and the behaviors of my mother, and go, well of course I probably have some anxiety in regards to how I grew up,’ Jada admitted.

‘It was very difficult, even to this day, in just being there for her in the way that she needs,’ she added.

Realize: The actress slowly started to realize from her daughter's behavior that she was suffering from anxiety while growing up as well

Realize: The actress slowly started to realize from her daughter’s behavior that she was suffering from anxiety while growing up as well

Being there: 'It was very difficult, even to this day, in just being there for her in the way that she needs,' she added

Being there: ‘It was very difficult, even to this day, in just being there for her in the way that she needs,’ she added

Willow recalled that her own anxiety seemed to ‘trigger’ her own mother, which Jada agreed with.

‘You used to just be like, “No. I can’t look at this,”‘ Willow said, adding she would be, ‘on the floor, tears, shaking, confused.’

Jada’s own mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, even thinks she suffered from anxiety as well, though it was not something that was talked about at the time.

Trigger: Willow recalled that her own anxiety seemed to 'trigger' her own mother, which Jada agreed with

Trigger: Willow recalled that her own anxiety seemed to ‘trigger’ her own mother, which Jada agreed with

Jada's mother: Jada's own mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, even thinks she suffered from anxiety as well, though it was not something that was talked about at the time

Jada’s mother: Jada’s own mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, even thinks she suffered from anxiety as well, though it was not something that was talked about at the time

‘I think in our world, I almost saw it as a weakness. We just couldn’t afford to be anxious,’ Banfield-Norris said during the episode.

‘I escaped through my drug abuse. Which I think numbered me to whatever was going on with you. I just didn’t want to face it, deal with anything in my life,’ she added.

The episode also featured Ireland opening up about being ‘ashamed’ about her substance abuse and eating disorders while her mother Basinger said she suffered from agoraphobia and ‘wouldn’t leave the house,’ to the point where she even had to, ‘relearn to drive.’

Couldn't afford: 'I think in our world, I almost saw it as a weakness.  We just couldn't afford to be anxious,' Banfield-Norris said during the episode

Couldn’t afford: ‘I think in our world, I almost saw it as a weakness. We just couldn’t afford to be anxious,’ Banfield-Norris said during the episode

Full table: The episode also featured Ireland opening up about being 'ashamed' about her substance abuse and eating disorders while her mother Basinger said she suffered from agoraphobia and 'wouldn't leave the house,' to the point where she even had to, 'relearn to drive'

Full table: The episode also featured Ireland opening up about being ‘ashamed’ about her substance abuse and eating disorders while her mother Basinger said she suffered from agoraphobia and ‘wouldn’t leave the house,’ to the point where she even had to, ‘relearn to drive’

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