Vinny tells Dr. Drew, “Usually, 99 per cent of my life, I'm fine. It's really when I start to live an unhealthy lifestyle — when I don't eat right, don't sleep — these are elements to filming Jersey Shore.” He explained that he often felt “disconnected,” and thought this was a sign of depression, until he started learning about anxiety disorders and panic attacks.
“I had my first full-blown attack when I was in high school,” Vinny says. “I was sitting at the desk and all of a sudden my heart started racing. Everything started closing in around me. I was like, ‘Did I just have a heart attack?’”
Check out a clip of the show below, and hear what Vinny has to say when a caller asks him if he regrets doing Jersey Shore entirely.
Need a Jersey Shore fix? Catch the next new episode of The Pauly D Project on Thursday, May 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV