Lady Gaga helping those with post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis!

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Getting a post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis can make an individual feel embarrassed because many people don’t understand anyone can have PTSD. And more than 70% of adults in the United States have experienced some type of trauma at least once in their lives. Meaning that over 24 million people develop some form of PTSD. Helping someone with PTSD can come in many forms and if you’ve ever been through it, talking about it can change someone’s whole perspective on the subject. That’s why we love that she’s opened up about her diagnosis with a long letter describing her trials fighting PTSD.

Lady Gaga helping those with post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis!
Lady Gaga helping those with post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis!

When one out of every nine women develop PTSD, we know it’s a huge problem and addressing it is the first step to helping others who might be struggling. And we know that Lady Gaga is speaking out to help her family, friends and fans because you never know who might be struggling in the dark. She wrote:

“I have wrestled for some time about when, how and if I should reveal my diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After five years of searching for the answers to my chronic pain and the change I have felt in my brain, I am finally well enough to tell you. There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, but it’s important that you know that there is hope and a chance for recovery.
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.

I also struggle with triggers from the memories I carry from my feelings of past years on tour when my needs and requests for balance were being ignored. I was overworked and not taken seriously when I shared my pain and concern that something was wrong. I ultimately ended up injured on the Born This Way Ball. That moment and the memory of it has changed my life forever. The experience of performing night after night in mental and physical pain ingrained in me a trauma that I relive when I see or hear things that remind me of those days.

I also experience something called dissociation which means that my mind doesn’t want to relive the pain so “I look off and I stare” in a glazed over state. As my doctors have taught me, I cannot express my feelings because my pre-frontal cortex (the part of the brain that controls logical, orderly thought) is overridden by the amygdala (which stores emotional memory) and sends me into a fight or flight response. My body is in one place and my mind in another. It’s like the panic accelerator in my mind gets stuck and I am paralyzed with fear.

When this happens I can’t talk. When this happens repeatedly, it makes me have a common PTSD reaction which is that I feel depressed and unable to function like I used to. It’s harder to do my job. It’s harder to do simple things like take a shower. Everything has become harder. Additionally, when I am unable to regulate

Lady Gaga helping those with post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis!
Is PTSD a psychological disorder? Lady Gaga opens up!

my anxiety, it can result in somatization, which is pain in the body caused by an inability to express my emotional pain in words.

But 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.

I am doing various modalities of psychotherapy and am on medicine prescribed by my psychiatrist. However, I believe that the most inexpensive and perhaps the best medicine in the world is words. Kind words… positive words… words that help people who feel ashamed of an invisible illness to overcome their shame and feel free. This is how I and we can begin to heal. I am starting today, because secrets keep you sick. And I don’t want to keep this secret anymore.” 

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Isn’t that an amazing story? It can be the hardest challenge but as long as you’re willing to talk to someone your whole world can change for the better. There is a lot of hope for recovering. A post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis isn’t the end of the world. In fact, it might just be the beginning of your new life. Once you start talking to a specialist about the problem, healing begins. Have you ever struggled with a post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis? Share your story in the comments below. You never know who is reading and how many lives your story can touch.

Blessed be.


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