These days he’s a regular on “Good Morning America” weekends and on “Nightline,” but 10 years ago, while filling in on weekday “GMA” Dan Harris had a panic attack. “Halfway through the six stories I was supposed to read, I simply bailed, squeaking out a ‘Back to you,’” Harris says. A doctor told him his recreational drug habit was messing with his head, leading to the panic attacks.
“In 2003, after spending several years covering the wars in Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine and Iraq, I became depressed,” Harris says. “In an act of towering stupidity, I began to self-medicate, dabbling with cocaine and ecstasy. I knew I needed to make some changes to get my life in check — but I didn’t know how, or what they would be, exactly.
Harris writes about the experience in a new book: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story
Harris says his boss and mentor Peter Jennings, at the time the anchor of “World News Tonight,” assigned him to cover faith. “Thus began a strange little odyssey,” he says.
So, what helped?