In an interview with Vogue, Gomez did not shy away from expressing her struggles with anxiety and depression.
The 24-year-old singer explained that being on tour really got to her because it's such a "lonely place." Back in 2014, she cancelled part of a tour after she began to feel the effects of her lupus disease. More recently, she took time off of her "Revival" tour to prioritize overall health.
"My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable," she said.
After a stint at a psychiatric facility in Tennessee, the Vogue cover star continues to see a therapist five days a week.
Gomez has been receiving Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) — a form of counseling that helps manage emotions and tackles how to improve communication methods.
"DBT has completely changed my life. I wish more people would talk about therapy. We girls, we’re taught to be almost too resilient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back, the girl who’s down. We also need to feel allowed to fall apart," she said.
Her powerful honesty and influence will hopefully help re-shape the stigmatized dialogue surrounding self-care and mental illnesses.
In the past, Gomez shared her hopes of others feeling "encouraged to address their own issues" after she publicly talked about her own.
An estimated 18% of the total US adult population has had an anxiety disorder, while roughly 7% of adults have been affected by depression; teen girls — who make up most of Gomez's fanbase — are more than three times as likely to experience "major depressive episodes" as teen boys.
Her words serve as a reminder that there's no shame in asking for help.
Your mental health matters.