Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Lady Gaga on living with mental illness.

Lady Gaga discussed living with mental illness, PTSD and her struggles as a rape survivor when she recently visited a LGBTQ youth shelter.

I love Gaga, and I especially love her for being so open and honest about her own struggles. I really love her new album, there are definite threads of song-writing about kindness and care and that are hyper-emotive, throughout the album.

There's also a piece in The Guardian, that's a little more fleshed out.
She spoke about it again in November 2015 in a panel about the campus rape film The Hunting Ground, saying the rape “changed who I was completely. It changed my body, it changed my thoughts.” 
“When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications. For many people it is almost like trauma, where you re-experience it through the years after it.”
Gaga has always been open and honest. The song she did for The Hunting Ground was devastating. Find the live version from the Oscars if you can.

She seems very strong lately, her tone is clear and open and her work is emotional and confident in its vulnerability. It's also sweet, and loving. And that tone is comforting right now, since things are so shitty.

Check out Grigio Girls and Come to Mama from Joanne - I mean, even Diamond Heart and Joanne and Hey Girl . . . .

2016-12-07 - updateShe published an open letter on the subject of her PTSD, read it.

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