Lady Gaga has never shied away from the truth about her life and in the past has opened up to being raped when she was younger. This would have taken extreme courage and she showed that strength again recently when she opened up about one of her “darkest secrets” during a visit to the Ali Forney Centre for homeless LGBTQ youth in New York.
During a mediation session she said “I have a mental illness and I struggle with that mental illness every day… I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before, so here we are.”
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is more stereotypically seen in soldiers who have returned home from war, however, it’s common among sexual assault survivors. It is an extremely difficult illness to live with and symptoms can include insomnia and traumatic flashbacks.
Lady Gaga has always been a survivor and in general, a #bossbitch and always manages to focus on the positives.
“My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others”
— xoxo, Joanne (@ladygaga) December 5, 2016
Lady Gaga isn’t the first, and certainly won’t be the last, to have admitted to suffering from a mental illness. Other celebrities such as Selina Gomez, Leonarde Di Caprio, Lena Dunham and Demi Lovato have spoken out publicly about dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders.
Thanks to the strength of these amazing people, we are slowly breaking down the stigma around mental health. Thank you for being so brave and sharing your story to help others, Lady Gaga!
You can read an open letter written by Lady Gaga for her Born This Way foundation here.