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Selena Gomez Opens Up About Her Mental Health: "I Knew I Couldn't Go On"

The star reveals how she's improved her mental health and how she's giving back to her fans.

Selena Gomez has been in the spotlight since she was a child, but that hasn't made the intense scrutiny that comes along with her profession any easier on the star—or her mental health. In a new interview with Vogue, Gomez opened up about how fame has affected her emotional wellbeing, and how she's been working to get to a healthier place.

Gomez has been open about getting help for her mental health in the past, including her two stays at treatment centers. "I knew I couldn't go on unless I learned to listen to my body and mind when I really needed help," she told the magazine about her decision to get care.

However, Gomez admits that she still struggles with anxiety, especially late at night. "I start thinking about my personal life, and I'm like, 'What am I doing with my life?' and it becomes this spiral."

That wasn't the only admission Selena made about her mental health during the interview. Read on to find out how the star has continued to fight her demons, and how she's spreading the wealth to her fans. And, for more celebrities who've spoken up about their personal battles, Celebs Praise Meghan Markle for Opening Up About Her Mental Health Struggle.


She practices DBT.

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Gomez explained that therapy has played a major part in helping her get better. She revealed to Vogue that she's particularly fond of dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that incorporates mindfulness practice.

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She found that her diagnosis helped her feel free.

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Gomez, who's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, says that instead of making her feel stigmatized, she's found freedom in her diagnosis. "Once the information was there, it was less scary," she admitted. And for more celebs who've opened up about the pressure of stardom, Bridgerton's Nicola Coughlan Slams Body-Shaming Critics In Series of Tweets.


She's stepped away from social media.

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One of the key elements that's helped improve Gomez's mental health? Allowing herself to take a break from social media. "After that decision, it was instant freedom," she said, noting that taking a break helped her feel more present in her daily life.

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She's made it her mission to help others.

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In addition to her pledge to raise $100 million to provide mental health services to underserved communities as part of her Rare Beauty Rare Impact Fund, Gomez says that she's eager to use her music to give back as well. "I feel like people are hurting, and I feel responsible with my platform to do something about it. To share that it's hard for me, too. To cheer them up." And for more celebrity news, Demi Lovato Says This Is How She "Accidentally" Lost Weight.

Sarah Crow
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