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Recently, 26-year-old pop star Selena Gomez had been reportedly seeking mental health treatment at a US facility after going through an “emotional breakdown.”

Selena was hospitalised twice in the past few weeks for a low white blood cell count. The star has lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to be hyperactive and attack normal healthy tissues. According to Dr Belmont, a professor of medicine at NYU Langone Health. People with chronic illnesses like lupus, are more likely to become depressed and anxious because no one likes that feeling. In fact, The John Hopkins Lupus Centre, found that one-third of patients with lupus show symptoms of depression and anxiety.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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During the second hospital stay, Selena had a panic attack brought on by anxiety and depression.

The news comes just weeks after the “Wolves” singer took to Instagram on Sept 24 to announce that she’ll be unplugging from social media. She wrote: “Mood lol (I was looking at myself in the mirror -like an i****t!) Update: taking a social media break. Again. As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember- negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.”

In addition to taking a step back from the media limelight, Selena is also taking charge of her health by undergoing dialectical behaviour treatment at the mental facility in Arizona. The treatment incorporates mindfulness and communication, amongst other things, to help people cope.

Selena may be a celebrity, but millions of people worldwide go through similar struggles with mental health. In Singapore alone, about 10 per cent of the population suffers from anxiety and depressive disorders. Out of this, 0.9 per cent suffer from generalized Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Seeing Selena talk so candidly about her anxiety is so important because it helps to normalise mental health and break the unfortunate stigma that often times obfuscates the struggle of so many with mental health issues. The former Disney star’s message is loud and clear – anxiety can affect anyone and everyone – and there’s no shame in admitting to it and more importantly getting help for it. Here’s what you need to know about anxiety.