Selena Gomez, 27 years of age, the pop artist with a successful career, former on-and-off girlfriend of fellow pop star Justin Bieber.
Recently, she had us with her breakout single ‘Lose You To Love Me’, surprising the general public with the album’s overall perfection and graceful maturity.
And now, in her recent simultaneous live-stream “Bright Minded” broadcast with Miley Cyrus, she opened up about her recent prognosis coming from America’s best mental physicians from McLean Hospital:
Selena Gomez is officially suffering from bipolarity.
And she now knows why she’s been having recessive anxiety breakdowns throughout her career in the spotlights, the most recent breakdown being that from 2016 when the hiatus was decided after depression-induced panic attacks and overall anxiety.
The singer is not a stranger to both physical and mental illnesses. In 2017 she had a kidney transplant surgery due to the also widely publicized lupus ailment she’s suffered. The surgery itself, in turn, created more space for depression for the star. This led to her 2018 internment in an institution, causes being blamed on ’emotional breakdown’ and ‘dialectical behavior’.
The diagnosis left Gomez ‘equal parts terrified and relieved – terrified because the veil was lifted but relieved that I finally had the knowledge of why I had suffered with various depressions and anxieties for so many years. I never had full awareness or answers about this condition.’
‘When I have more information, it actually helps me, it doesn’t scare me once I know it. When I was younger, I was scared of thunderstorms and my mom bought me all these books on thunderstorms and she was like, The more you educate yourself on this, the more that you’re not going to be afraid.” It completely worked. That’s something that helps me big time.’
She blamed her Texan background as a factor for how she failed to take the opportunity to get a proper mental analysis:
‘I’m from Texas, it’s just not known to talk about mental health. You got to seem cool. And then I see anger built up in children and teenagers or whatever young adults because they are wanting that so badly. I just feel like when I finally said what I was going to say, I wanted to know everything about it. And it took the fear away.’
She has previously acknowledged her symptoms in a People interview:
‘I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off,’ she said in a statement.
‘There won’t be a day when I’m like, “Here I am in a pretty dress— I won!” I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else.’
‘My highs were really high, and my lows would take me out for weeks at a time. I found out I do suffer from mental health issues,’ she said.
‘I feel great, yeah. I’m on the proper medication that I need to be on, even as far as my mental health. I fully believe in just making sure you check in with your doctors or therapist.
‘That’s something I will have to continue to work on. Yes, I don’t think I just magically feel better. I have days where it is hard for me to get out of bed, or I have major anxiety attacks. All of that still happens.’
Bipolar Disorder is “a brain disorder which results in unusual mood level changes”, and may be observed by extreme tension in a diametric difference, one being a manic and the other depressive episode. Unlike the impression of the symptom may give, it has no relation to being associated with schizophrenia.
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