Katy Perry has revealed she once feared “not living to see 2018” after hitting rock bottom following a battle with depression.
The singer, 35, suffered from mental health issues during her Witness tour following poor critical and commercial reception of her fifth studio album in 2017.
Reflecting on using medication to overcome some of her problems, the pregnant musician, who is awaiting the arrival of her first child with her fiancé Orlando Bloom, said in a new interview: “It was like I was sprained my brain and needed crutches. “
‘Had to take a trip after hitting rock bottom’: Pregnant Katy Perry revealed she once feared ‘not living to see 2018’ after hitting rock bottom after battle with depression
The media personality has been in therapy since she was 25, but her last encounter with depression was more difficult than anything she had experienced before.
She told the Sunday Times: “I have become clinically very depressed. I had always been able to work around the problem. I was on something my psychologist at the time was recommending. It changes the chemistry of your mind. Sometimes people need a pharmaceutical crutch.
“You’re never going to change someone as much as you want to. I had to make the choice [to change myself] after hitting rock bottom. I had no choice but to take this emotional, spiritual, psychological journey that I probably wouldn’t live to see 2018… I tried some drugs and it was really intense.
‘I became very clinically depressed’: The singer, 35, suffered from mental health issues during her Witness tour (pictured in UK in June 2018)
“I lived the trip, now I’m just enjoying the ride”: the pregnant musician awaits the arrival of her first child with her fiancé Orlando Bloom
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
While it’s normal to feel depressed once in a while, people with depression can feel consistently unhappy for weeks or months.
Depression can affect anyone at any age and is quite common – about one in ten people are likely to experience it at some point in their life.
Depression is a real health problem that people cannot just ignore or “get out of”.
Symptoms and effects vary, but can include a constant feeling of anger or hopelessness, or a loss of interest in things you used to love.
It can also cause physical symptoms like trouble sleeping, fatigue, lack of appetite or sex drive, and even physical pain.
In extreme cases, this can lead to thoughts of suicide.
Traumatic events can trigger it, and people with a family history may be at greater risk.
Seeing a doctor if you think you or someone you know is suffering from depression is important because it can be managed through lifestyle changes, therapy, or medication.
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“I went through the trip, now I’m just enjoying the ride. I am [no longer] a thirsty and desperate pop star who has to reach certain numbers to feel dignified. The general definition of this record [her new album Smile] is to find my smile again.
Katy is off medication and is a fan of meditation and the Hoffman process, which is touted as an effective treatment for depression, anger, and anxiety, and releases negative emotions using Freudian analysis.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Firework hitmaker and actor Orlando, 43, had postponed their marriage for the second time.
In a new interview, the artist admitted that the couple are focused on ‘giving a healthy child’ as they prepare to welcome their daughter into the world next month.
Plans in the air: Earlier this month it was reported that firework hitmaker and actor Orlando, 43, had postponed their marriage for the second time (pictured last year)
They were originally rumored to be getting married last winter, before postponing the ceremony – which would take place in Japan – until this summer.
Katy told the Mirror: “You can’t plan for 2020 anymore because these plans are still being canceled.
“We just want to give birth to a healthy child. Everyone has to take life one week at a time right now.
She echoed her comments in a recent interview with Howard Stern, detailing: “Obviously that will happen in the future, but right now we just want to give birth to a healthy child. And that’s what’s coming right now! ‘
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