US actress Kerry Washington (“Django Unchained”) says she suffered from panic attacks as a child. “It wasn’t just a feeling. It was a sound, an inner rhythm,” says the 46-year-old in an excerpt from her memoirs published yesterday on the Oprah Daily platform. “It was the sound of horror, totally unnatural and not in tune with the rhythm of my heart. I was dizzy with fear, I had no ground under my feet; it was crazy, endless. And sad.”

She experienced these anxiety attacks as a seven-year-old when she heard her parents arguing in the evening, Washington writes. She soon developed a fear of these seizures herself. “I hated that I couldn’t trust my own brain.” The Hollywood actress also describes how she felt responsible for the harmony in the family as a child. Her memoir, Thicker Than Water, will be out in the US at the end of September.