A Star is Reborn: How Lady Gaga Handles Chronic Pain & Mental Health

A Star is Reborn: How Lady Gaga Handles Chronic Pain & Mental Health

In many cases, pain is only half the battle. Dealing with a chronic condition will often take a severe toll on someone’s mental health, and that remains as true for Lady Gaga as it does for everyone else.

The celebrated pop star elaborated on some of those mental health issues during a recent sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. While Lady Gaga has been quite candid about her struggles with fibromyalgia in the past, the interview provided more context and gave fans a better understanding of its mental impact. She was particularly forthcoming about a psychotic break that she went through some time after her diagnosis.  

“It’s very difficult to describe what it feels like. You start to tingle from head to toe and then you go numb,” she told Oprah. “The brain goes, ‘That’s enough. I don’t want to feel this anymore.’ Boom. You break from reality as you know it.”

The psychotic break was just one of the personal challenges that Lady Gaga has had to overcome. The pop star has also been open about her PTSD, which stems from multiple assaults that she endured as a young woman.

Despite the ongoing trauma, Lady Gaga remains upbeat about her life and her place in society. For one thing, her health issues have done nothing to slow down her career. The singer made a successful transition to the screen in 2019’s A Star is Born, and even picked up an Oscar for co-writing ‘Shallow,’ the hit song that anchors the film. She is now preparing to go on tour to promote Chromatica, her sixth studio album, which debuts on April 10th.  

However, her impact as a role model may ultimately be more important. Lady Gaga believes that her experiences allow her to relate to other people who have experienced sexual abuse, or people who live with chronic pain. By continuing to thrive, she demonstrates that people with physical and mental health issues can still lead normal, fulfilling, and successful lives.

“I was supposed to go through this,” she said. “I accepted [this] happened because God was saying to me, ‘I’m gonna show you pain. And then you’re going to help other people who are in pain because you’re going to understand it.’”

“Now, when I see someone in pain I can’t look away. I’m in problem-solving mode. I’ve got my suit on and my heels and I’m ready to go.”

According to Lady Gaga, her platform gives her the opportunity to teach people about a chronic condition like fibromyalgia, and to dispel some of the stigma that often accompanies a mental health issue like sexual trauma or a psychotic break. She is also able to speak to the fact that physical and mental health disorders often go hand-in-hand. For many people, it’s impossible to talk about one without the other, and that validation can give someone else the confidence they need to address their problems with the people in their lives!

In many cases, pain is only half the battle. Dealing with a chronic condition will often take a severe toll on someone’s mental health, and that remains as true for Lady Gaga as it does for everyone else.

The celebrated pop star elaborated on some of those mental health issues during a recent sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. While Lady Gaga has been quite candid about her struggles with fibromyalgia in the past, the interview provided more context and gave fans a better understanding of its mental impact. She was particularly forthcoming about a psychotic break that she went through some time after her diagnosis.  

“It’s very difficult to describe what it feels like. You start to tingle from head to toe and then you go numb,” she told Oprah. “The brain goes, ‘That’s enough. I don’t want to feel this anymore.’ Boom. You break from reality as you know it.”

The psychotic break was just one of the personal challenges that Lady Gaga has had to overcome. The pop star has also been open about her PTSD, which stems from multiple assaults that she endured as a young woman.

Despite the ongoing trauma, Lady Gaga remains upbeat about her life and her place in society. For one thing, her health issues have done nothing to slow down her career. The singer made a successful transition to the screen in 2019’s A Star is Born, and even picked up an Oscar for co-writing ‘Shallow,’ the hit song that anchors the film. She is now preparing to go on tour to promote Chromatica, her sixth studio album, which debuts on April 10th.  

However, her impact as a role model may ultimately be more important. Lady Gaga believes that her experiences allow her to relate to other people who have experienced sexual abuse, or people who live with chronic pain. By continuing to thrive, she demonstrates that people with physical and mental health issues can still lead normal, fulfilling, and successful lives.

“I was supposed to go through this,” she said. “I accepted [this] happened because God was saying to me, ‘I’m gonna show you pain. And then you’re going to help other people who are in pain because you’re going to understand it.’”

“Now, when I see someone in pain I can’t look away. I’m in problem-solving mode. I’ve got my suit on and my heels and I’m ready to go.”

According to Lady Gaga, her platform gives her the opportunity to teach people about a chronic condition like fibromyalgia, and to dispel some of the stigma that often accompanies a mental health issue like sexual trauma or a psychotic break. She is also able to speak to the fact that physical and mental health disorders often go hand-in-hand. For many people, it’s impossible to talk about one without the other, and that validation can give someone else the confidence they need to address their problems with the people in their lives!

According to Lady Gaga, her platform gives her the opportunity to teach people about a chronic condition like fibromyalgia, and to dispel some of the stigma that often accompanies a mental health issue like sexual trauma or a psychotic break. She is also able to speak to the fact that physical and mental health disorders often go hand-in-hand. For many people, it’s impossible to talk about one without the other, and that validation can give someone else the confidence they need to address their problems with the people in their lives!

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