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Selena Gomez: My Bipolar Disorder 'Doesn't Scare Me'

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By Alyssa McCraw

All we can say is...wow. Look at her now!

Recent circumstances have us thinking about how it's only April. But, go back to the pre-coronavirus times and you'll probably remember a vibrant Selena Gomez in full swing. She dropped her highly anticipated Rare album and followed up by launching a beauty brand under the same name. Gomez, (hopefully) like the rest of us, is staying at home - and maybe, unlike some of us, is trying to make the most of a quiet quarantine.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 03: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Actress Selena Gomez and host Miley Cyrus during the 2008 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater on August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
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Gomez recently joined fellow Disney Channel alum Miley Cyrus on her "Bright Minded" Instagram Live series. Although Gomez is just four months older than Cyrus (almost to the day), the "We Can't Stop" songstress proceeded to ask what advice or direction she might have for those who are fearful of discussing mental health.

"Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals…McLean Hospital," Gomez said, "and I discussed that, after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar."

Selena Gomez beams in black-and-white beauty; October, 2019.
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Gomez then understood that it really does get easier after you talk about it.

"And so, when I go to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn't scare me once I know it and I think people get scared of that."

The 27-year-old singer grew up in North Texas where she began her entertainment career on the children's television show Barney & Friends. She recalls what it was like growing up in the south, where issues like depression were rarely mentioned.

LENDALE, CA - AUGUST 16: Actress Selena Gomez (center) posing with her mother Mandy Teefy (L) and step father Brian Teefey (R) at the UR Votes Count hosted by Selena Gomez on August 16, 2008 at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California.
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"I've seen it and I've seen some of it even in my own family where I'm like, what's going on?" Gomez expressed. "It's not known to talk about your mental health." She also spoke of observing young adults with stifled emotions - in her words, their "gotta seem cool" attitude resulted in a lot of pent-up anger.

"When I finally said what I was gonna say, I wanted to know everything about it and it took the fear away."

Gomez again looked back at her childhood - specifically, when her mom helped her face a major fear.

Selena Gomez stuns in a floor-length black gown while performing on her 'Revival' tour.
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"When I was younger, I was scared of thunderstorms and my mom bought me all these different books on thunderstorms. So she's like, 'The more that you educate yourself on this, the more that you're not gonna be afraid' - and it completely worked, and that's kind of something that helps me big time."

Earlier this year, Gomez detailed her cyclical mood behaviors to WSJ Magazine.

"My highs were really high, and my lows would take me out for weeks at a time."

Gomez added that being medically affirmed of her mental health issues was actually "such a relief."

"I got on the right medication, and my life has been completely changed."

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