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Selena Gomez suffered from psychosis – was “unrecognizable” according to friends

In a big interview with Rolling Stone Selena Gomez talks about her long battle with mental illness. “Sometimes I could lie in bed for weeks, just walking down the stairs could make me short of breath,” she says.

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It was in conjunction with the premiere of Selena Gomez’s new documentary My Mind & Me last week the actress and artist opened up about her battle with mental illness in an interview with Rolling Stone. Among other things, Gomez talked about life with bipolar disorder and about the psychosis she suffered a number of years ago.

“Had no control over what I felt”

In 2020, Selena Gomez told for the first time that she has bipolar disorder, something that has colored her life for a long time:

“I have been admitted to four different treatment homes,” she says in the interview with Rolling Stone. “I think I was in my twenties when it started to get really dark, when I started to feel like I had no control over what I was feeling, whether I was feeling really good or really bad.”

Gomez’s highs and lows could last for weeks or months at a time. Sometimes when she was on a roll she couldn’t sleep for days, and the periods of energy were followed by periods of depression:

“It started with depression, which then led to my withdrawal. After that I couldn’t get out of bed. I didn’t want to talk to anyone. My friends came and gave me food because they love me, but none of us knew what it was. Sometimes I could lie in bed for weeks, just walking down the stairs would leave me out of breath.”

Gomez says that she has never tried to kill herself, but that the thoughts have been there:

“I thought the world would be better if I wasn’t there,” she says in the interview.

Suffered from psychosis in 2018

In 2018, Gomez suffered a psychosis, something she has only fragmentary memories of – according to herself, she started hearing voices in her head that eventually drowned out everything else. She spent several months in a treatment facility, paranoid and unable to trust anyone. According to her friends, she was “unrecognizable”.

It was at the treatment home that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and thus began to understand her own state of mind. Once she was discharged from the treatment home, the road to acceptance began:

“It took a lot of hard work for me to accept that I was bipolar, and to learn to deal with it because it was never going to go away,” she says.

Gomez was also helped by a new doctor who felt that she had been given too many different drugs during her time at the treatment home. Today, she only takes two different medicines, but they come with side effects that mean she is unlikely to be able to have biological children:

“It’s a very big thing that’s in my life,” she says, but adds: “Regardless of how I’m meant to have children, it’s going to happen.”

This is where you can turn if you feel mentally unwell:

In case of acute crisiscall 112.
Mind, Suicide Squadcall 901 01 or chat on
Contact a health care center if you have been very depressed for more than two weeks, or if you feel so bad that you have difficulty coping with your everyday life – read more at

Watch the trailer for Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me here!

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