Gomez spoke about his diagnosis in a 20-minute conversation on Cyrus on Friday ’ Bright minded series on Instagram.
the Lose yourself to love me the singer said she recently visited Massachusetts’s McLean Hospital, a mental hospital.
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“Recently, I went to one of the best psychiatric hospitals in America, the McLean Hospital. I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar, “Gomez told Cyrus. “And so, when I learned more information, it really helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it. And I think people are afraid of that, right? “
“When I was younger, I was afraid of thunderstorms, and my mom bought me all these different thunderstorm books,” said Gomez. “She said, ‘The more you educate yourself on this, the more you are not afraid. “And it worked completely. “
The 27-year-old singer said that understanding her disorder “had dissipated the fear.”
Gomez and Cyrus discussed the emotional toll of living in quarantine due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Gomez shared that she donated part of her merchandise sales to causes like hospitals.
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She then talked about the importance of communication during these times.
“Being there for other people helps me too,” said Gomez. “But sometimes I have to feel it, Miley. Sometimes I have to shout it out and I have to release it and take a deep breath and then remember, go back to my tools, which is, OK, where did it come from? I feel so much how the world feels, so maybe I need to step back from that, or whatever. “
“I’m so happy to have you on the show and we need to reconnect,” Cyrus told Gomez. “Send me butterflies anytime.” When all this has evolved and we can connect, we will be just in arms. ”
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The Mayo Clinic defines bipolar disorder as “a mental health problem that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional ups (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression)”.
Bipolar II disorder and bipolar I disorder are characterized by intermittent periods of depression and mania, but bipolar II disorder has less severe manic episodes.
Although bipolar disorder is a lifelong disease, you can manage mood swings and other symptoms by following a treatment plan that involves medication and psychological counseling, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Bipolar disorder can occur at any age, but is usually diagnosed in your teens or early twenties. Symptoms can vary from person to person and over time, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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Mania and hypomania are two types of episodes that occur when you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but they have the same symptoms.
Mania is more serious than hypomania and can also trigger a break with reality (psychosis) and may require hospitalization.
Symptoms of manic and hypomanic episodes include: abnormally optimistic, increased activity, energy or restlessness, exaggerated sense of well-being and self-confidence, decreased need for sleep, unusual gossip, racing thoughts, distractibility and poor decision making.
Other signs of bipolar disorder include major depressive episodes severe enough to cause significant difficulty in daily activities, anxious distress, melancholy or psychosis.
– With files from the Associated Press
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