"Jersey Shore" fans saw a different side of Vinny Guadagnino during season five, when he opened up his life-long battle with clinical anxiety and temporarily left the show. Now, he's opening up even more in his tell-all book, "Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool," in stores Tuesday.
The book reveals why he decided to go public with his disorder and includes tips on how to fight anxiety. Vinny talked to MTV News on Monday (April 16) about the flood of support he has received how surprised he was when he realized he had become a role model.
"Every day people were like, 'Thank you, thank you for putting light on this,' " Vinny told MTV News on Monday (April 16). "Cause it's embarrassing a little bit, because it's a fearful thing, you don't know what the hell is happening."
Vinny said "Control the Crazy" is his way of sharing his struggles so that other people can overcome anxiety.
"This has always been something I developed for myself and I always said one day I want to share this with people. I don't know when I'm going to have the courage to come out and say like, 'Guys, I get stressed out a lot,' because you don't want to admit that stuff," Vinny said. "I didn't have to make that decision because obviously I went through it on the 'Jersey Shore' and everybody saw it, so once that happened was like, 'You know what? It's a perfect opportunity to help people now.' "
And Vinny is the first to admit that even though he returned to finish filming last season, his short break at home wasn't enough time away to control his anxiety.
"Those five days were nothing," Vinny said of his time back home in Staten Island. "I was in a really bad place and five days isn't gonna do it, especially to go back in that. I needed two months of sleep."
Yet, Vinny doesn't regret going back to Seaside to end the summer with his "Jersey Shore" housemates.
"Part of healing and going through life in general is getting through tough things," Vinny said. "No matter how tough it was — I don't care if it was the worst experience of my life at the time — getting through it is an accomplishment."
"I'm ready," Vinny said about getting back to the boardwalk. "I just have to keep working on my program, gotta eat right, stay healthy and just have fun."