Lady Gaga has opened up about her struggle with "mental illness every day" during a Today show segment on December 5.
"I suffer from PTSD," the 30-year-old singer, 30, told teens when she visited New York City's Ali Forney Centre – an initiative that assits homeless LGBT youth. "I've never told anyone that before, so here we are."
Gaga shared her experiences as part of NBC Universal's #ShareKindness campaign. "The kindness that's shown to me by doctors as well as my family and my friends, it’s really saved my life," she said. "Kindness, to me, is an action of love or a showing of love to someone else. I also believe that kindness is the cure to violence and hatred around the world. I like to share kindness in a lot of different ways."
The Million Reasons singer, who declares that she often takes to meditation to cope with her PTSD, has never publicly spoken about living with post traumatic stress disorder before.
"I love to give things to people that have nothing or less than me. These children are not just homeless or in need," she told Today. "Many of them are trauma survivors; they've been rejected in some kind of way. My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others."
Gaga also took to Twitter to inform friends of her announcement. "Today I shared one my deepest secrets w/ the world. Secrets keep you sick w/ shame ❤️Watch this video #ShareKindness."
The American Horror Story actress also took to social media on November 18 to reveal she suffers from chronic pain.
Gaga shared an Instagram photo of her shoulder being treated by a doctor and captioned the image, “Having a frustrating day with chronic pain, but I find myself feeling so blessed to have such strong intelligent female doctors.”
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