Jesse Eisenberg: Fatherhood has eased my anxiety

Jesse Eisenberg says being a father has helped ease his anxiety.

The 35-year-old actor has been open about his mental health struggle in the past, but has said since becoming a father for the first time two years ago – when his wife Anna Strout gave birth to their son Banner – he’s become less anxious, because fatherhood has made him focus his worrying habits on things that are “real”.

“When you have a child, you can only worry about something that’s real.”

— Jesse Eisenberg

Speaking during a Child Mind Institute event in New York with the charity’s president Harold Koplewicz, he said: “To me, there’s nothing better for one’s mental health than to worry about things that are real, and when you have a child, you can only worry about something that’s real.

“I resist all of the temptations I have to make [my son] neurotic, because I know it’s not helpful. I know that what might feel good in the moment of consoling a kid who appears nervous may be detrimental in the long term.”

Jesse suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) along with his anxiety, and also admitted he was admitted to a psychiatric hospital when he was just 11.