Lady Gaga who is one of the world’s most successful contemporary artists with a string of hits across her first five albums, says she has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since being raped at the age of 19.
In 2012 she co-founded with her mother the Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit organisation supporting the mental health of young people by working with them to create a kinder and braver world.
In 2016, she revealed her mental illness status during a visit to a homeless shelter for young LGBT people. In a US TV interview about the visit, she said:
“I suffer from a mental illness – I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before.”
During her visit to the Ali Forney Centre in New York, she told the homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers that her trauma helped her understand others.
“The kindness that’s been shown to me, by doctors as well as my family and my friends, it’s really saved my life,”
Bringing presents to the astonished teenagers at the centre, she said:
“Meditation helps me to calm down,”
Adding, that she was struggling with her mental illness “every day”.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder which can develop after a very stressful, frightening or distressing event, or a prolonged traumatic experience.
People naturally feel afraid when in danger, but the legacy of some traumatic events is a change in perception of fear.
They may feel stressed or frightened in day-to-day life. It can be caused by any traumatic event – including military conflict, serious road accidents, natural disasters, sexual assaults, and muggings.
Sufferers typically tend to re-experience the event in flashbacks, avoid talking about it, have trouble sleeping, or experience a change in mood.
The star has long been an advocate for the LGBTQ community; campaigning for Hillary Clinton during the election and protesting outside Trump Tower when the result were announced.