Lady Gaga Reveals Struggle With Ptsd
Lady Gaga opened up for the first time about coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.
As part of NBC's #ShareKindness campaign, the 30-year-old singer visited Harlem's Ali Forney Center, a shelter for homeless LGBT teens, where she explained how the goodness of others has helped her heal.
“I've been searching for ways to help myself. And I found kindness is the best way,” Gaga expressed during a “Today” show segment, which aired Monday.
“I told the kids today, 'I suffer from PTSD.' I've never told anyone that before. So here we are. But the kindness that's shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it's really saved my life.”
The “Million Reasons” crooner, who was raped at the age of 19, did not speak about the ordeal publicly until 2014. Gaga shared that she also looks to meditation as a source of solace.
“Meditation helps me to calm down,” she said, leading the group in an exercise as well. “I don't have the same kind of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness and I struggle with that every day, so I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed.”
While Gaga didn't delve into her past struggles in detail, the experience has given her a tighter grasp on the world around her.
“I love to give things to people that have nothing or less than me. These children are not just homeless or in need. Many of them are trauma survivors; they've been rejected in some kind of way,” she said. “My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”