Selena Gomez Opens Up About Her Bipolar Disorder and Mental Health

She has been cherished, ravaged, scrutinised, applauded, trolled and admired by the Internet. This pop music sensation’s personal life has always been the favourite fodder of paparazzi. Being subjected to numerous trials by tabloids, this former Disney Kid never had it easy. Selena Gomez’s life has become an open book that people have visited often.

The 27-year-old Artist has had a steady battle with mental health because of the undue stress and pressure that came with being a celebrity at a tender age. In her recent interaction with Miley Cyrus, she opens up about her diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder.

She recently appeared on Miley Cyrus’ Instagram series “Bright Minded” and professed about her recent visit to McClean Hospital, (one of the best mental hospitals in America). She further elaborated that “After years of going through a lot of different things, I realised that I was bipolar.” Her statement was laced with relief and acceptance from her evident struggle to figure out the problem.

People talk about physical health with vigour and substance however mental health has always taken the back burner in society. This seemingly “taboo” topic is not addressed enough by people. Selena also emphasises on society’s approach towards mental health.

She says “I’m from Texas. It’s just not known to talk about mental health. You got to seem cool. And then I see anger built up in children and teenagers or young adults because they are wanting that so badly. I just feel like when I finally said what I was going to say, I wanted to know everything about it, and it took the fear away.”

Being raised with the notion that knowledge dispels fear. She shared an anecdote from her childhood stating that as a little girl when she was afraid of thunderstorms, her mother bought her all the books on thunderstorms and told her that “The more that you educate yourself on this, the more that you’re not gonna be afraid.” Selena says this is the thing which has always helped her “big time.”

Inspiring her impressionable fan-base, this pop star has hopefully helped in nudging the door open to have informed conversations about mental health. A world health report by WHO states that mental disorders affect one in four people globally. So, let’s take a leaf out of Selena’s approach and commence the much needed dialogue and conversation on mental health.

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