Selena Gomez Reveals Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

April 5, 2020
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Selena Gomez is no stranger to opening up about her mental health. Now, she's revealed to Miley Cyrus that she was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

During a portion of Cyrus' newly launched Instagram show, Bright Minded, Gomez joined the "Slide Away" singer to talk about her struggles with mental health. She revealed her recent diagnosis to the star.

"Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in America, McLean Hospital, and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar," she began. "And so when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn't scare me once I know it."

Cyrus then opens up about her own journey, outlining how she stays grounded during the global coronavirus pandemic. "A lot of it is connecting with people that maybe you haven't been the greatest to that you may not have thought about," she said.

"I feel like there's been a lot of people I've gotten to do that with not necessarily saying it was bad, but just saying, 'Hey, I hope you're safe. I hope you're doing okay, and that you know you're on my side. I'm only sending you love from this end,'" she explains.

The starlets reconnected recently after Gomez left a butterfly emoji on one of Cyrus' Instagram posts, a gesture that Cyrus looks at lovingly by saying how little it takes to really connect with people. "It was very sweet because you just sent a butterfly emoji," Cyrus said. "And that's enough, connecting with people and letting them know that you're there. A butterfly emoji is totally enough."

Gomez has been open about her mental health journey since receiving treatment for her struggles back in 2018, after receiving a kidney transplant from her best friend Francia Raisa.

Her recent album, Rare, outlines her journey to becoming who she is today and overcoming challenges in her life. She told RADIO.COM earlier this year, "I wanted it to be a declaration of where I am, and hopefully for other people who have experienced what I’ve experienced, just to know that feeling is valid. Hopefully, they can feel peace about that."

RADIO.COM’s I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

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