Selena Gomez: “DBT Has Completely Changed My Life”
In November 2016, Selena Gomez made her first appearance since entering a rehab treatment facility to treat her anxiety, panic attacks and depression. As a long-term sufferer of Lupus, the singer has always encouraged her fans to seek help to treat their own chronic and mental health problems.
“Look, I love what I do, and I’m aware of how lucky I am, but — how can I say this without sounding weird? I just really can’t wait for people to forget about me,” the 24-year-old actress/singer told US Vogue for their April 2017 issue.
The magazine’s cover girl revealed her popularity on Instagram has caused more harm than good, and not just because it stirred some unwanted drama publicly.
“As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out,” she explained. “It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn’t want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn’t want to care about. I always end up feeling like s**t when I look at Instagram. Which is why I’m kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit.”
These days, the former Disney star has been attempting to avoid the pressures of being famous. Not only has she deleted the photo sharing app from her phone, but she has been living in a California-based Airbnb.
Gomez insisted that she doesn’t get out much, except for long drives with a few people from her circle, including “some folks from church,” and said that 17 people may be the only ones to have her phone number right now.
The artist explained that while touring, she experienced depression, anxiousness, panic attacks, and low self-esteem. In August last year, she checked herself into a 90 day treatment program which she told Vogue included individual therapy, group therapy, and equine therapy.
Selena credits Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, a technique developed for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) to help improve her communication and ability to regulate emotions, whilst helping her manage her overall mental health.
“DBT has completely changed my life,” she said. “You have no idea how incredible it felt to just be with six girls; real people who couldn’t give two s**ts about who I was, who were fighting for their lives. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was the best thing I’ve done.”
“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.” Since she has made her first post-treatment appearance last November at the American Music Awards, where she collected the trophy for Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist and gave a tearful speech about her struggles.