Selena Gomez reveals she has bipolar disorder in Instagram chat
Singer Selena Gomez has opened up for the first time about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Gomez made the revelation on singer Miley Cyrus’ Instagram Live series, titled, Bright Minded.
Singer Selena Gomez has talked about mental health before, opening up about her experience of living with anxiety and depression. And now, Gomez has revealed that she was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. On Friday, she appeared on the latest episode of singer Miley Cyrus’ Instagram Live series, titled, Bright Minded. During their almost 20-minute conversation, the discussion turned to mental health after Cyrus asked Gomez how she was coping during the current coronavirus pandemic. Gomez then revealed that she recently found out she had bipolar disorder during a visit to a hospital in Boston, US, adding that the condition no longer scares her.
“I went to one of the best mental hospitals in America, McClean Hospital, and after years of going through a lot of different things, I realised that I was bipolar,” Selena Gomez told Miley Cyrus in their Instagram Live chat. The 27-year-old singer continued, “I was equal parts terrified and relieved – 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.” Gomez said that learning more about her condition has helped her. The more you educate yourself, the more you’re not going to be afraid, the Rare singer shared. “I never had full awareness or answers about this condition. When I have more information, it actually helps me, it doesn’t scare me once I know it,” Gomez said.
Bipolar disorder, previously called “manic depression”, is a serious mental health condition where people experience significant swings in mood, with episodes of hyperactivity and depression, according to the US-based, The National Institute of Mental Health. It is thought that between one to two per cent of adults have bipolar disorder, although UK-based National Health Service figures show more younger people, aged 16 to 34, are diagnosed with the condition.
During the discussion, Selena Gomez also went on to explain that she felt that her upbringing in Texas, USA, made it more difficult for her to talk about her emotions. “I'm from Texas, it's just not known to talk about mental health. You’ve got to seem cool,” the former Disney star said. Gomez has spoken about her experiences with depression in the past but has never revealed her bipolar diagnosis before. In 2019, Gomez said she deleted Instagram from her phone because it was making her feel depressed. When asked how she manages to stay engaged with her 152 million followers on Instagram during an interview, the singer had said: “I used to but I think it's become really unhealthy for young people, including myself, to spend all of their time fixating on all of these comments and letting this stuff in."
When asked about what she's been doing to connect with people during the coronavirus pandemic, Selena Gomez said that she's been writing a lot. "I had gone to treatment a few times for anxiety and for depression and for other stuff that I've been struggling with. When I do meetings and stuff, a lot of it is connecting with people that maybe you haven't been the greatest to or that you may not have thought about, so I feel like there's been a lot of people that I've gotten to do that with," she explained. "Not necessarily saying it was bad, but just saying, 'Hey, I hope you're safe. I hope you're doing okay and that you know that on my side I'm only sending you love.' I just want them to know that I see them, so I think that's kind of something that I've been doing."
In addition to writing, the singer recently made a donation to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to thank them for everything they're doing. "That's the hospital where I found out I had lupus, where I found out I needed my kidney transplant, so I'm giving a portion of certain things like my merch," Selena said.