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Camila Cabello Just Opened Up About Her Battle With OCD

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By Jordan White

In honor of Mental Health Month, Camila Cabello just opened up about her struggle with OCD.

In a personal essay, published in WSJ Magazine, the singer discussed her mental health.

She starts the essay saying, “If you look at the pictures I’ve posted on Instagram over the last year, you’ll find pictures of me writing in the studio, pictures in a hallway in a bomb-dot-com outfit before going onstage to perform, pictures of me cuddled up with my dog, Eugene, on a couch, and pictures of me bursting with excitement to play you my music.”

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"But here's what there aren't pictures of from the last year: me crying in the car talking to my mom about how much anxiety and how many symptoms of OCD [obsessive-compulsive disorder] I was experiencing," she stated.

Cabello went on to explain how she didn’t initially want people to know about her condition because she was embarrassed.

"I didn't want the people who thought I was strong and capable and confident—the people who most believed in me—to find out that I felt weak," Cabello admitted.

Camila Cabello meditating outdoors.
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The 23-year-old continued, "The little voice in my head was telling me that if I was honest about my mental health struggle and my internal battles (i.e. being human), people would think there was something wrong with me, or that I wasn't strong, or that I couldn't handle things."

However, Cabello realized she needed to seek help for her “obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors."

She ended up seeing a professional and with the help of cognitive-behavioral therapy, meditation, and breathing exercises, she feels much better.

Camila Cabello wearing a red dress performing on stage.
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"For a long time, anxiety felt like it was robbing me of my humor, my joy, my creativity and my trust," she wrote. "But now anxiety and I are good friends. I listen to her, because I know she's just trying to keep me safe, but I don't give her too much attention. And I sure as hell don't let her make any decisions."

The "Havanna" singer ended her essay encouraging those reading to open up about their own experiences with mental health.

Black and white photo of Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello posing together.
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The former Fifth Harmony member said, "We live in a culture that pursues an unattainable perfection. Social media can make us feel like we should be as perfect as everybody else seems to be. Far from being a sign of weakness, owning our struggles and taking the steps to heal is powerful."

This isn’t the first time Cabello has opened up about her experience with OCD. In 2018, she discussed her relief after getting diagnosed.

"I didn't know what it was and when I found out, and [learned] how to step back from it, it made me feel so much better. I feel so much more in control of it now," she said,

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