Selena Gomez was “terrified” when her battle with depression and anxiety became so unbearable she was forced to seek treatment last year (2018).
The star accepted the 2019 McLean Award at the McLean Hospital’s annual dinner in Massachusetts earlier this month (September 2019), and in a video shared on Instagram on Thursday (September 26, 2019), she fought back tears as she accepted the honor and recalled her darkest moment.
“I think that we are better when we tell the truth and, so, this is my truth,” she said. “Last year, I was suffering mentally and emotionally, and I wasn’t able to stay all that kept together. I wasn’t able to hold a smile or to keep things normal.
“It felt like all of my pain and my anxiety washed over me all at once and it was one of the scariest moments of my life.”
Selena admitted she was so relieved when she learned what was wrong with her: “(I was) terrified, obviously, because the veil was lifted, but relieved that I finally had the knowledge of why I had suffered for so many years with depression and anxiety,” she shared, adding, “After a year of a lot of intense work… I am happier, I am healthier, and I am in control of my emotions and thoughts more than I’ve ever been. So, I’m very happy about that.”