Selena Gomez has been open about her physical and mental challenges over the years, and has continued to do so with her recent diagnosis with bipolar disorder. Gomez reunited with fellow Disney alumni, Miley Cyrus, on an Instagram Live to have a candid discussion about mental health.
Selena Gomez has been open about her battle with lupus which lead her to require a kidney transplant. She has also been open about her struggles with her mental health, requiring her to attend rehab multiple times, however she has never revealed any specific mental health diagnosis until recently revealing it to be bipolar disorder.
Cyrus asked Gomez how she is able to elevate herself from a dark place while social isolating, with Gomez explaining her strategy of “communicating with women I respect. I have a few older women that I look up to that aren’t in the industry. I call them. And I think talking through what it is you’re feeling is extremely helpful, and I think there’s wisdom in all of this in women and with other people.”
Cyrus agreed, stating, “just to know people are there and just to know that people are feeling the same way that I feel makes me feel less alone.”
Gomez also explained that she also sometimes has to give into those negative emotions, explaining, “sometimes I’ve got to cry it out and I’ve got to release it and take a deep breath and then remind myself go back to my tools. Okay, where is this coming from? I understand I’m a big empath, so I feel so much of what world is feeling so maybe I need to take a step back from that or whatever it is but also just being there for other people actually helps me too.”
Selena then made her big reveal regarding her specific diagnosis, stating, “I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar,” Gomez said. “And so when I go to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it.”
She continued, revealing a childhood experience that she still uses to cope with any issues she faces, “when I was younger, I was scared of thunderstorms and my mom bought me all these different books on thunderstorms so she’s like, the more that you educate yourself on this, the more you’re not going to be afraid. And it completely worked. So that’s kind of something that helps me big time.”
Gomez gave a speech at McLean Hospital in September, before she revealed her specific diagnosis, explaining the relief she felt to finally have answers regarding her mental health. She explained, “I sought support, and the doctors were able to give me a clear diagnosis. The moment I received that information I actually felt equal parts of terrified and relieved—terrified, obviously, because the veil was lifted, but relieved I finally had the knowledge of why I had suffered for so many years from depression and anxiety. I’ve never had full answers, awareness or anything about this condition So I began to face it head on.”
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