Read the singer’s open letter about her PTSD.
Earlier this week, Lady Gaga revealed she had been diagnosed with PTSD as a result of her rape. And now Gaga is helping her fans learn how they can not only survive but thrive in the face of mental illness.
The singer took to her charity, the Born This Way Foundation, to write an open letter about how she’s dealt with her PTSD and the struggles that accompany it.
“It is a daily effort for me, even during this album cycle, to regulate my nervous system so that I don’t panic over circumstances that to many would seem like normal life situations. Examples are leaving the house or being touched by strangers who simply want to share their enthusiasm for my music.”
But although Gaga admits “there is a lot of shame attached to mental illness,” she hopes to inspire readers “there is hope and a chance for recovery.”
Despite her dissociation and depression, Gaga recognizes that she can overcome the pain and encourages fans that they can do the same.
“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.”
“Traditionally, many associate PTSD as a condition faced by brave men and women that serve countries all over the world. While this is true, I seek to raise awareness that this mental illness affects all kinds of people, including our youth. I pledge not only to help our youth not feel ashamed of their own conditions, but also to lend support to those servicemen and women who suffer from PTSD. No one’s invisible pain should go unnoticed.”
Lady Gaga ends the letter with a note from her psychologist on how you can seek help if you too are facing PTSD.
We’re so proud of how the singer is facing her illness and not letting it get the best of her. We hope she will take her experiences and do a lot of good for others who face similar afflictions.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.