Following her admission that she suffered from post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD in NBC's The Today Show, Lady Gaga penned an open letter to inspire others to speak up and seek help for recovery.
The Mother Monster said she "wrestled" for five years if she should reveal her condition but decided to share her personal story published in the website of Born This Way Foundation, which she co-founded, "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."
PSTD has affected the 30-year-old singer's life as a person and as a musician that even the simplest things became harder to accomplish.
The "Perfect Illusion" singer struggled with anxiety over "normal life situations", panic attacks, triggered memories from the past and"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."
Once dissociation hits her, Gaga "can't talk" and feels body pain because she can't express her emotional pain in words. When this happens frequently she becomes depressed and "unable to function like I used to," a normal PSTD reaction.
Gaga refused to give up and let her diagnosis get the best of her, "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."
Ending the letter, she strived to let others understand that PSTD affects all kinds of people and promised to help those who suffered so "no one's invisible pain" would go unnoticed, "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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