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Olivia Munn appears in a scene from a 2012 episode of The Newsroom. - Provided courtesy of HBO

Olivia Munn opens up about anxiety disorders, admits: 'I rip out my eyelashes'

07/30/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Despite playing the sometimes confident financial reporter Sloan Sabbith on "The Newsroom," actress Olivia Munn recently opened up about suffering from anxiety and an impulse control disorder called trichotillomania.

The actress revealed to The New York Daily News that she developed a habit of plucking out her eyelashes when she feels anxious.

"I don't bite my nails, but I rip out my eyelashes," Munn told the newspaper. "It doesn't hurt, but it's really annoying. Every time I run out of the house, I have to stop and pick up a whole set of fake eyelashes."

Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder where sufferers feel an urge to pull out their own hair from various areas of the body including their scalp and eyebrows, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The actress also said she suffers from social anxiety. "I don't think anyone would describe me as weak, but I don't want people to be mean to me," she said. "As an Air Force kid, I moved around a lot when I was younger and no one was nice to the new kid. So there is always this feeling that someone will make fun of me."

Munn, 32, began her career as a co-host of "Attack of the Show!" on G4. She later became a correspondent for "The Daily Show" and starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Perfect Couples." She has also had roles in films like "Date Night," "Iron Man 2," "Magic Mike" and will soon appear in the comedy "The Babymakers."

Of her recent success, Munn said, "I know how lucky I am, but I won't allow myself to get sucked in by all the talk. Talk is just for a moment. This career has to last for a long time."

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