Malik's post has already garnered over 42,000 comments on Instagram alone, and many of his fans have reached out to wish him well.
I — a non-fan but fellow anxiety-sufferer — am proud that a powerful person who's so important to young people — especially young women — is speaking up about an issue that affects roughly 40 million adults in the U.S. alone.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, "anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness" in the country.
I think about myself as a teenage girl struggling with anxiety — and how much it would have meant to me if one of my idols told me that I'm not "crazy" — I'm just me.
It me, as a teen.