The singer and actress shared the news with her friend Miley Cyrus in a frank conversation on the Bright Minded Instagram Live show from the director of Wrecking Ball on Friday, explaining that she had learned about her mental state during a visit. at the McLean Hospital in Massachusetts.
Gomez told his friend and viewers that the more information she gathered about being bipolar, the easier it was to process the diagnosis.
“When I have more information, it really helps me,” she said. “It doesn’t scare me once I know it … When I finally said what I was going to say, I wanted to know everything and it took away the fear.
“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 scared. ” It worked completely. It’s something that helps me a lot. “
Gomez has struggled with his mental health issues for years and sought treatment at McLean Hospital in 2018 when his battle with depression and anxiety became overwhelming.
She bounced back and accepted the 2019 McLean Award at the hospital’s annual dinner in September.
In her acceptance speech, she fought tears as she remembered her darkest moment: “I think we are better when we tell the truth and, therefore, it is my truth,” she said. . “Last year, I suffered mentally and emotionally, and I was not able to stay all that remained together (sic). I couldn’t keep my smile or keep things normal.
“It felt like all of my pain and anxiety overwhelmed me all at once and it was one of the scariest moments of my life.”
And Gomez admitted that she was so relieved when she learned what was wrong with her: “(I was) terrified, obviously, because the veil was lifted, but relieved to finally know why I had suffered during so many years of depression and anxiety.
“After a year of hard work … I’m happier, I’m healthier and I have more control over my emotions and thoughts than I have ever had. So I’m very happy with that. “
Friday, in a conversation with Cyrus, Gomez, who also battles lupus, revealed that the tools she had used in therapy, as she learned to live with her mental problems, helped her cope with self-isolation in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is where we test ourselves,” she told Cyrus. “How are we going to treat each other?” It can be a time to be gentle with ourselves. Take breaks from noise and even on social media … just be outside and breathe.
“I think talking about how you feel is extremely helpful. Sometimes I have to feel it, sometimes I have to shout and release it, and I just take a deep breath. I am a big empath, so I feel so much what the world feels. Being there for other people also helps me. “