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On Sunday's episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the 21-year-old model and reality superstar opened up to their family about the anxiety and mental disorders they'd been experiencing.

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Early in the episode, Kendall told her mother that she had been finding herself waking up in the middle of the night, frightened and unable to move — a condition known as sleep paralysis.

According to Live Science, sleep paralysis is a disorder in which a person wakes up before their rapid eye movement (REM) cycle has finished. The person is fully conscious, but unable to move a muscle. Most sufferers report feelings of incredible terror during the time of the paralysis.

Kendall described her experience with the condition:

"I'm freaking out because recently I wake up in the middle of the night and I can't move... I'm scared to fall asleep because it keeps happening to me. It almost feels like my heart stops."

Kendall's fear had reached the point that she was so frightened to get on a plane — usually the place where she would have an attack — that her mom had to fly from LA to London to help her. When Kris tried to reason with her daughter that a fear of flying could be detrimental to her career, Kendall retorted that her health was more important than her career.

At first, Kendall found a therapist that might have been able to help her cope with her disorder, but when the psychologist suggested she try to replicate an attack, Kendall was too frightened to go through with it:

"Oh my God, no this is so scary... OK pass, I'm not about to actually...Oh my God, no."

It wasn't until Kendall opened up to big sister Kim, who had been trying to cope with her own anxiety, that they were able to find something that worked for them. Both sisters learned some meditation techniques that they could use to help relieve their anxiety, and Kendall dubbed it "pretty amazing."

For the most part, fans have been supportive to hear the stars opening up about their mental health and fighting the stigma about getting help:


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