Selena Gomez and other celebs open up about mental health
The actress shares how her bipolar diagnosis and staying off the internet for 4.5 years changed her life
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In a time when mental illness is more prevalent than ever, breaking the stigma around issues like depression, anxiety, and various disorders can be a matter of life and death. Our society worships celebrities and it puts them in a position of immense influence. Many celebrities are now using their platforms to destigmatize mental illness and share that they experience the same struggles as everyone else.
Selena Gomez opened up about her bipolar disorder in April 2020, and in a new interview with 'Good Morning America' she shared that it was “really freeing to have the information.” She said of the diagnosis, "It made me really happy because I started to have a relationship with myself, and I think that’s the best part,” adding that she’s “the happiest I’ve ever been.”
Speaking on Miley Cyrus’ Instagram Live talk show, 'Bright Minded,' near the beginning of the pandemic, Gomez related the power of knowledge around her mental illness to something her mom taught her from a young age. She used to be scared of thunderstorms but her mom advised her to learn more about them, and then she was able to conquer her fear.
Gomez has also made one significant lifestyle change that has really helped her mental health: staying offline. "I haven’t been on the internet in 4 1/2 years," she told 'GMA.' It has changed my life completely. I am happier, I am more present, I connect more with people. It makes me feel normal."
Take a look through the gallery and find out which other celebrities are courageously opening up to the public about their experiences with mental health, and learn more about the signs and symptoms so you can help raise awareness too.
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