Lady Gaga reveals that she suffers from PTSD and shares details on her struggle to become her old self. The singer opened-up on a Today show piece that aired on Monday.
30-year-old Lady Gaga paid a visit to the Ali Forney Center in NYC. The center is destined for LGBT teens that have been marginalized by their family and peers and have become homeless. “I told the kids today, ‘I suffer from PTSD.’ I’ve never told anyone that before”, the pop icon said.
Due to her own journey through trauma and PTSD – she has been sexually assaulted when she was 19-years-old – the singer relates to the situation that LBDT youth is going through, not being understood, accepted or surrounded with acceptance and ultimately, love.
“One way to help people that have trauma is to inject them with as many positive thoughts as possible”, the Edge of Glory singer believes. She sat with the teens in the center and shared her traumatic experience and tried to give them the tools that she used to cope with her own emotional scars.” One of those tools, that Gaga says calms her down, is meditation.
Explaining to the group that even though she has not been dealing with the same issues they are facing currently, she has a mental illness that she struggles with every day.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition that is triggered by a traumatic event in one’s life, which can be anything from divorce, a break-up, the death of someone close, to rape, abuse, war experience and so on. It is mainly characterized – but does not resume to – the individual that has been traumatized reliving the traumatic scene over and over, to the point when it disrupts his or her life for a long period of time. PTSD does not necessarily manifest immediately after the trauma. In many cases, it can manifest months or even years after the event that triggered it. Gaga is one of those cases.
“And you know, it didn’t affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later. It hit me so hard”, she says explaining the mechanism that is responsible for a late blow. “I was so traumatized by it that I was like, just keep going. I just had to get out of there”.
As for healing, Gaga credits human kindness for it. “The kindness that has been shown to me by doctors, by my family and my friends, really saved my life.”. She and her mother Cynthia, founded in 2012 the Born This Way foundation. Which centers on empowering and inspiring young people.