Selena Gomez Opens Up About Her Mental Health Struggles

Selena Gomez at the ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner in 2019
Selena Gomez at the ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner in 2019. Photo by Variety/Shutterstock (10477689s)

Selena Gomez has never been shy about sharing her medical conditions with her fans—a trait that has both endeared her to her supporters, as well as given strength to the millions around the world who are going through the same health struggles. 

Back in 2020, the “Let Somebody Go” singer revealed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder after visiting one of the best mental hospitals in the United States. “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,” she stated.

Bipolar disorder, which was previously known as manic depression, is a condition which cause extreme fluctuation in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. Depending on whether a person is going through a high or low period, symptoms can include feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness; fatigue; increased sleep; and crying; or abnormal cheerfulness; excessive amounts of energy; and little need to sleep. 

Ahead of the release of her documentary, Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me, on November 4, the 31-year-old said, “I hope that by sharing my experiences and difficulties, it will help people feel inspired to share their own stories. And to have hope that things can and will get better.”