32-year-old ‘Just Dance’ music superstar and actress Lady Gaga is opening up about her mental health.
While accepting the SAG-AFTRA Patron of the Artists Award last night in Beverly Hills, Gaga talks about trying to maintain her mental health as she rose to fame. Gaga said: “After years and years of saying yes to jobs, interviews, events — all opportunities, of course that I am so humbled and grateful to have had, because I know that there are so many who have not — and after working as hard as I possibly could to achieve my dreams, slowly but surely the word yes — ‘Yes, sure’ — became too automatic and my inner voice shutdown, which I have learned now is very unhealthy. I was not empowered to say no.”
She continues: “There were also symptoms, symptoms of dissociation and PTSD, and I did not have a team that included mental health support. This later morphed into physical chronic pain, fibromyalgia, panic attacks, acute trauma responses, and debilitating mental spirals that have included the suicidal ideation and masochistic behavior. Okay. I’m done with my list, but that list changed my life. And it changed my life not in a good way. I’m telling you this because for me it was too late. I needed help earlier. I needed mental health care. I needed someone to see not through me or see the star that I’d become but rather see the darkness inside that I was struggling with…I wish I had mental health resources then because although what I have is treatable and can hopefully and will get better over time, if there was preventative mental healthcare accessible to me earlier, I believe it might not have gotten as bad as it did.” Let us know: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF GAGA’S STATEMENTS? DO YOU THINK SHE’S FELLING WELL NOW? For more of Gaga’s speech from the SAG Awards, click here.