The coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on many who struggle with mental health issues, from eating disorders to depression. On Friday, singer and actress Selena Gomez opened up about her own history with mental illness during a frank discussion on Miley Cyrus’s Instagram Live series, telling Cyrus that she had been hospitalized at Boston’s McLean Hospital and diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
“Recently, I went to one of the best hospitals in the world, or in America, McLean, and I discussed that after going through years of different things, I realized that I was bipolar,” Gomez told Cyrus. “And so, when I get more information it helps me; it doesn’t scare me once I know it. And I think people get scared of that.” Watch the full video of their conversation here.
It’s not surprising that Gomez chose to open up to Cyrus; the singer has been open about her own depression, saying in a past interview, “I went through a time where I was really depressed. Like, I locked myself in my room and my dad had to break my door down.”
Gomez encouraged viewers to “be gentle” with themselves during this difficult time of self-isolation and social distancing, saying, “This is where we test each other. How are we going to treat each other?” Gomez also recommended tools she said she’d learned in therapy to help deal with the stress of social distancing, including reading poetry and spending time in nature.
Although our new reality is posing unprecedented challenges to mental health, with the World Health Organization reporting that many are experiencing higher anxiety as a result of Covid-19, it’s encouraging to see a star of Gomez’s stature being honest about the difficulties she’s faced and sharing tips she’s learned to help overcome them.
Originally published on Vogue.com