Selena Gomez checked into a psychiatric facility in Tennessee last summer after announcing that she was taking a yearlong break from music to focus on the anxiety, panic attacks, and depression she had apparently been suffering as a side effect of lupus. In a new interview with Vogue, Gomez opens up about her treatment, and about continuing to see a therapist five days a week since leaving the facility.
The “Hands to Myself” singer abruptly checked into rehab during her “Revival” tour, canceling the 30 concerts she had remaining on her schedule. “Tours are a really lonely place for me. My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks before getting on stage, or right after leaving the stage,” Gomez told Vogue. “Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it — which, I think, was a complete distortion.”
Once she checked in to the facility, Gomez says she surrendered her phone and spent the next 90 days participating in a program with individual therapy, group therapy, and equine therapy. She made her first post-treatment appearance at the American Music Awards in November, and she’s continued to get therapy. Per Vogue:
She sees her shrink five days a week and has become a passionate advocate of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a technique developed to treat borderline personality disorder that is now used more broadly, with its emphasis on improving communication, regulating emotions, and incorporating mindfulness practices.
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