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Dan Harris 10 Percent Happier

January 11, 201519 min
ABC News’ Dan Harris revealed that meditation helped him overcome panic spurred by drug use and the psychological effects of covering war. "Nightline" co-host Dan Harris is breaking news of the very personal kind—revealing that cocaine and Ecstasy use drove him to a highly embarrassing on-air panic attack in 2004. The TV journalism veteran came clean Tuesday about the abrupt meltdown in front of 5 million viewers as a fill-in news anchor on "Good Morning America," when then-hosts Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson turned the cameras over to Harris for the start of the 7 a.m. newscast. "I was overtaken by a massive, irresistible blast of fear," Harris, 42, wrote on the ABC News blog early Tuesday, "It felt like the world was ending. My heart was thumping. I was gasping for air. I had pretty much lost the ability to speak. "And all of it was compounded by the knowledge that my freak-out was being broadcast live on national television." Harris says his drug use began a year earlier after a s

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