Selena Gomez reveals she suffers from bipolar disorder and was diagnosed in a psychiatric hospital – The Sun
SELENA Gomez revealed to fellow Disney alum Miley Cyrus that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at a psychiatric hospital.
The Lose You to Love Me singer, 27, opened up to Miley, 27, on Instagram Live Friday about discovering she had the mental disorder at a psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts.
During the Wrecking Ball songstress’ Bright Minded: Live series on the social media app, Selena admitted:
"I went to one of the best mental hospitals in the world…McLean Hospital and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar.
“So, when I go to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn't scare me once I know it and I think people get scared of that.”
The singer and actress continued: ""I think people get scared of that, right? They're like, 'Oh!' And I've seen it, I've seen some of it even in my own family, where I'm like, 'What's going on?'
"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 whatever 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."
Selena revealed that during her childhood, her mother taught her ways to cope with her the fear: "When I was younger, I was scared of thunderstorms.
"And my mom bought me all these different books on thunderstorms so she's like, 'The more that you educate yourself on this, the more that you're not going to be afraid.' And it completely worked."
In September 2019, the Hands to Myself singer won an award at the medical facility she was diagnosed at for her mental health advocacy.
During her acceptance speech at the hospital's annual dinner gala, she revealed her struggles with anxiety and depression but did not mention her bipolar disorder.
The Hands to Myself hitmaker said: “It felt as though all of my pain, anxiety, and fear washed over me all at once, and it was one of the scariest times of my life."
She went on to say she felt “equal parts terrified and relieved” when she initially received her diagnosis.
"I was terrified because the veil was lifted but relieved that I finally had the knowledge of why I had suffered with various depressions and anxieties for so many years.
"I never had full awareness or answers about this condition,” she admitted in her speech.
Other stars that have received the McLean Award include Hollywood icon Jane Fonda in 2014 and actress Glenn Close in 2010.
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