Selena Gomez shared a diagnosis while doing Instagram Live with Miley Cyrus. Former Disney star relieved that she has bipolar disorder, but it's the first time Gomez talked about her struggles with mental health.
We are still pretty much living under a rock. The singer and actress is doing her part to break the stigma, and especially during COVID -19 quarantine, we need more people to support us, give us tools to understand and validate our feelings.
Selena Gomez explained: "Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in the world, but definitely in America, McLean Hospital," star shared on Cyrus' Bright Minded Instagram series. "I discussed that, after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar. And so when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn't scare me once I know it. And I think people get scared of that, right?"
What is bipolar disorder? We saw it in movies, and some celebrities spoke candidly about it. But films and TV shows usually go to the most extreme scenarios. As per definition, it's "a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania) and lows (depression)." The disorder also goes by the name Manic Depression, though the proper term is Bipolar Disorder.
During the low times, people with the disorder are feeling weak, useless; they want to sleep more and eat less. The will to live is non-existing. On the other side, high episodes give them a sense of being superhuman, so they spend more physical and mental energy than possible. If diagnosed, the disorder is manageable with proper medications and counseling.
Selena Gomez also shares her anxiety battles on her Instagram, to help people cope with COVID-19 panic and fears. The star has Lupus, an autoimmune disease, so despite being only 27, she's among people who are in greater danger than those with a healthy immune system.
For many, Gomes is just a former Disney starlet. But, her bravery, her courage to speak up and raise awareness on various mental health issues shows that there's a lot more than meets the eye. Growing up in a spotlight is hard, often tragic, but having someone sharing those pieces of themselves with the audience is admirable. At least, she now knows what's wrong, and as she admitted, she feels relieved.
The crucial thing about mental health is education and prevention. But, we are past prevention at this point, so let's educate ourselves. If you're struggling, and most of us are, try to talk to a therapist online. If that's not possible, give yourself detox from social media and the news. Do whatever makes you calm, from meditating to drawing, speaking to your friends and family. Remember that you're going to survive this. After, you will be able to find better help and have enough time to heal.
Be kind to yourself and others. You never know how much someone is struggling, despite what they choose to post on social media or tell you. Even before COVID-19, the situation with mental health was going nowhere. More and more people were getting ill and not getting proper care. Now, we are experiencing massive hysteria, so if you feel like you're going crazy, you're not alone.
Wholeheartedly, we should all be grateful for Selena Gomez and send her nothing but the best wishes for her future. Despite Lupus, kidney transplant, anxiety, and now Bipolar disorder, she's proof that you can have a career and that being honest and vulnerable won't make you weak.