Selena Gomez Opens Up On Her Battles With Mental Health
Selena Gomez Mental Health: Selena Gomez is opening up about her battles with mental health. As reported by Today, Gomez admitted that anxiety and depression took their toll on her. At the time of her speech on mental health, Gomez was accepting the McLean Award from McLean Hospital in Massachusetts honoring her for her work in advancing the public’s understanding of mental health.
“It felt as though all of my pain, anxiety and fear washed over me all at once, and it was one of the scariest times of my life,” Gomez stated. She received mental health treatment last October for anxiety and depression a year after she had a kidney transplant as a result of her battle with lupus.
“I think that we are better when we tell the truth,” Gomez began. “And so, this is my truth. Last year, I was suffering mentally and emotionally, and I wasn’t able to stay all buttoned up and together. I wasn’t able to hold a smile or to keep things looking normal.” According to Gomez, the unbearable feelings of pain and anxiety came on “all at once.” “It was once of the scariest moments of my life,” she said
“Although this does not mean that it has all gone away, I can say that after a year of a lot of intense work I am happier, I am healthier and I’m in control of my emotions and thoughts more than I have ever been,” Gomez continued. “I have feared being misunderstood and judged. I know that I have been given experiences and people and opportunities that have made my life exceptionally beautiful and sweet — and yet I struggle with my own thoughts and feelings at times. But this doesn’t make me faulty. This does not make me weak. This does not make me less than. This makes me human. We need help, and we need each other.
Gomez closed out her speech by expressing gratitude for all of the mental health professionals that helped her on her journey. With their guidance, she’s happier now that ever before. “Although this does not mean that it has all gone away,” she said, “I can say that after a year of a lot of intense work that I am happier, I am healthier, and I’m in control of my emotions and thoughts more than I’ve ever been before, so I’m very happy about that.”