In October 2016, Selena Gomez canceled her tour and sought treatment to address her mental health, specifically her battle with anxiety and depression. Her fans were very concerned, and her 123 million Instagram followers showed continuous support throughout the 90 days that Gomez spent in a Tennessee treatment center.
Since she completed her treatment, Selena Gomez has become an advocate of proper mental hygiene, and by producing Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, she has brought the subject into the public zeitgeist. Recently, Gomez opened up about her own emotional/mental health journey, and shed some light on her time in treatment.
Selena Gomez Talks About Her 90 Days In Treatment For Depression And Anxiety
In a recent in-depth interview with InStyle, Selena Gomez talked about her 90 days in a mental health treatment center, and gave her fans a glimpse at what her time away from the spotlight entailed:
“I went away for 90 days, and it was the best thing that I ever could’ve done. I had no phone, nothing, and I was scared. But it was amazing, and I learned a lot. I was in the countryside and never did my hair; I took part in equine therapy, which is so beautiful. And it was hard, obviously. But I knew what my heart was saying, and I thought, ‘OK, I think this has helped me become stronger for other people.'”
Gomez also addressed how overwhelming it felt when she was done with treatment, and how she took what she had learned and stepped back into the spotlight:
"When I came out, I was asked to go to the American Music Awards, and everyone around me was like, 'Do whatever makes you comfortable.' I didn’t want my fans to have a negative view of taking care of yourself, so I just went in head-on, and I’ll tell you, the first time stepping on that carpet was so overwhelming. I felt like my back was sweating."
Seeking treatment to improve her mental health is a big step in the right direction, but it is only a first step on the road to maintaining proper mental hygiene. Similar to any physical training, if you don’t stick to a specific routine (including diet and exercise), you may lose footing on the progress you already made. #SelenaGomez understands her 90-day treatment was a great start, but she needs to stay vigilant regarding her mental health:
"Everything I cared about, I stopped caring about. I came out, and it felt like, 'OK, I can only go forward.' And there are still days. I go to therapy. I believe in that and talking about where you are. But I’m in a really, really healthy place."
Gomez has battled with mental health issues before, and she also is living with lupus. With any chronic disease diagnosis, mental health issues can arise or become exacerbated, especially in the case of any disease that attacks the body’s immune system. On top of her mental and physical health, Gomez also deals with a level of fame that most people can’t comprehend. Gomez spoke to her fame, how social media can become overwhelming, and how it’s hard to feel emotionally centered during it all:
“That’s what I work on in therapy the most. Because of social media, because of all the pressure that girls have, it’s so difficult. It’s good to be connected, to see things, and to get a sense of what your friends are up to. But it also allows people to think they need to look or be a certain way. I remember when I had my Disney show, I was just running around and not caring and making kids laugh. I was all over the place. And now it feels more zoomed-in — you have ugly people trying to get negative things from you, and the energy makes you feel bad about yourself. You can’t help it. It’s very hard to find out who you are during all that mess and pressure.”
Since Selena Gomez stepped back into the public spotlight, her career is firing on all cylinders, and she is making the best of what used to be stressful situations. She has begun a very public relationship with fellow music superstar, The Weeknd, and has started a huge marketing campaign with Coach. Plus, #13ReasonsWhy was an absolute sensation on Netflix.
Towards the end of the interview, Gomez commented on how she feels empowered now, and that she is more comfortable with herself. While it might not seem like it, the fact that Gomez shared her personal journey is a huge deal, and it helps to remove the stigma that has been attached to seeking treatment. We wish Selena Gomez the best, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.
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