Lady Gaga on Her Suicidal Thoughts and the Need for Mental Health Care: 'For Me It Was Too Late'

PEOPLE.com | 11/9/2018 | Staff
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Lady Gaga is using her platform to push for something bigger than acting or singing — mental health care.

The A Star Is Born actress, 32, was honored Thursday night at the SAG-AFTRA Patron of the Artists Award fundraiser, and used her acceptance speech to speak openly about her “debilitating mental spirals” that led her to seek help.

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Gaga said her mental health problems became more severe as her star rose.

“After years and years of saying yes to jobs, interviews, events — all opportunities, of course that I am so humbled and grateful to have had, because I know that there are so many who have not — and after working as hard as I possibly could to achieve my dreams, slowly but surely the word yes — ‘Yes, sure’ — became too automatic and my inner voice shutdown, which I have learned now is very unhealthy,” she said. “I was not empowered to say no.”

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The singer said that it felt like she would “blackout for seconds or minutes” as her brain pushed off things she had to do, and she would “see flashes of things I was tormented by.”

She developed a “list” of worrying symptoms.

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“There were also symptoms, symptoms of dissociation and PTSD, and I did not have a team that included mental health support,” she said. “This later morphed into physical chronic pain, fibromyalgia, panic attacks, acute trauma responses, and debilitating mental spirals that have included the suicidal ideation and masochistic behavior. Okay. I’m done with my list, but that list changed my life. And it changed my life not in a good way.”

Gaga said that her mental health struggles were left for too long.

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“I’m telling you this because for me it was too late,” she said. “I needed help earlier. I needed mental health care. I needed someone to...
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