It’s a sad fact that mental health issues come with a stigma. People are campaigning to treat mental health in the same was as we do physical health, but there’s still a long way to go. We think it’s really refreshing when women in the public eye come out and talk about their struggles.
Not only does it make them seem more human (we all struggle with mental health issues!) it helps to shed some light on what it’s like for people with conditions like PTSD.
Lady Gaga spoke out about being diagnosed with PTSD and how it affects her day-to-day life in a moving open letter. She revealed that she’s been suffering from it since she was raped when she was 19, and is now well enough to talk openly about her condition.
“I have wrestled for some time about when, how and if I should reveal my diagnosis of PTSD. After five years of searching for the answers to my chronic pain and the change I have felt in my brain, I am finally well enough to tell you. There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, but it’s important that you know that there is hope and a chance for recovery.”
“I was overworked and not taken seriously when I shared my pain and concern that something was wrong. I ultimately ended up injured on the Born This Way Ball. That moment and the memory of it has changed my life forever. The experience of performing night after night in mental and physical pain ingrained in me a trauma that I relive when I see or hear things that remind me of those days.”
“But I am a strong and powerful woman who is aware of the love I have around me from my team, my family and friends, my doctors and from my incredible fans who I know will never give up on me. I will never give up on my dreams of art and music. I am continuing to learn how to transcend this because I know I can. If you relate to what I am sharing, please know that you can too.”
“I am doing various modalities of psychotherapy and am on medicine prescribed by my psychiatrist. However, I believe that the most inexpensive and perhaps the best medicine in the world is words. Kind words… positive words… words that help people who feel ashamed of an invisible illness to overcome their shame and feel free. This is how I and we can begin to heal. I am starting today, because secrets keep you sick. And I don’t want to keep this secret anymore.”
Women all over the world will face mental health issues at one point or another! So Lady Gaga’s open letter is really refreshing. What do you think about this?
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