Selena Gomez revealed that she had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Friday to Miley Cyrus during her Bright Minded broadcast, the 27-year-old singer said she was grateful to know more about how the disease is affecting her and wishes to gain as much knowledge as she can about it .
During the frank conversation about mental health, Selena revealed that she had been diagnosed after a visit to McLean Hospital, a Massachusetts psychiatric and neuroscience research center.
“Recently I went to one of the best mental hospitals in … America, McClean Hospital, and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar “, She explained.
Mental health talk: Selena Gomez revealed Friday that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in a frank conversation with Miley Cyrus
After discovering the diagnosis, Selena said that she felt “equally terrified and relieved – terrified because the veil was lifted but relieved that I finally know why I had suffered from various depressions and anxieties for so many years .
“I have never been fully aware of or responded to this condition.” the hitmaker Good for You confessed.
She continued, “When I have more information it really helps me, it doesn’t scare me once I know it.
“When I was younger, I was afraid of thunderstorms and my mother bought me all these books on thunderstorms and she said to me:” The more you learn about this subject, the more you will not have fear. It worked completely. It’s something that helps me a lot. ”
“I finally had the knowledge”: during a frank conversation on mental health, Selena revealed that she had been diagnosed after a visit to the McLean hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts
WHAT IS BIPOLAR?
Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual and often sudden changes in mood and energy levels.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
The mood of people with bipolar disorder ranges from periods of extreme joy and energy (known as a manic episode) to periods of extreme drowsiness and lack of energy (known as a depressive episode) .
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
According to the International Bipolar Foundation, people with rapid cycling are diagnosed with four or more manic, hypomanic, or depressive episodes in a 12-month period.
This severe form of the disease occurs in about 10-20% of all people with bipolar disorder.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
Currently, it is unknown what causes bipolar disorder, which affects an estimated 5.7 million American adults 18 years of age or older.
Scientists say genetics may play a role, or those with a family history of bipolar disorder are more likely to have it.
Selena said that when she was educated in Texas, she felt like she was not being encouraged to talk about emotions.
“I’m from Texas, we just don’t know how to talk about mental health. You must look cool. And then I see anger building up in children and teens or any other young adult because they want it so bad. I just feel like when I finally said what I was going to say, I wanted to know everything about it. And that took away the fear.
During the webcast, the duo talked about managing anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic, when people feel more isolated than usual and may have trouble reaching them.
Selena has spoken openly about her anxiety and depression in the past, but has never disclosed that she has bipolar disorder.
In August 2016, the singer interrupted her career to cope with the anxiety, panic attacks and depression that she claims stemmed from her battle with lupus.
She told PEOPLE at the time that the conditions were side effects of the autoimmune disease.
“I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way to move forward is to take some time,” she said in a statement.
In 2018, she talked about her battle with depression, telling Harper’s Bazaar, “I’ve had a lot of problems with depression and anxiety, and I’ve talked about it a lot, but it’s not something thing I think I will never overcome.
Selena has spoken openly about her anxiety and depression in the past, but never revealed that she has bipolar disorder
“There will not be a day when I will say to myself:” Here I am in a pretty dress – I won! “I think this is a battle that I will have to face for the rest of my life, and I agree with that because I know that I choose myself rather than anything else.
The same year, she sought treatment at a psychiatric facility on the east coast and received therapy, including “dialectical behavior therapy”, which she now believes in and even discussed with Miley during the episode of Friday.
In January, she revealed in an interview with NPR that she was on the right medication she needed to stay healthy.
“I feel good, yes. I am taking the right medicine I should take, even when it comes to my mental health. I firmly believe that it is enough to make sure you consult your doctor or therapist.
“This is something I will have to keep working on. Yes, I don’t think I feel better like magic. I have days when it is difficult for me to get out of bed, or I have severe anxiety attacks. All of this is still happening.