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Selena Gomez Discusses Depression and Anxiety at Awards Show

Selena Gomez addresses depression at AMAs
*Photo credit The American Music Awards

The 2016 American Music Awards took place on November 20, and pop star Selena Gomez won the award for Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist. Gomez went on stage to accept the award, but it was her powerful acceptance speech that touched on her depression and anxiety that resonated with the audience.

Gomez had taken a break from her singing career this summer to address mental health issues and a diagnosis of Lupus. She moved the crowd to tears during her speech and gave hope to the audience and millions of viewers by saying,

“If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”

Depression & Mental Health

Depression, anxiety, ADHD and many other mental health issues are more common that most people think. MentalHealth.gov sites that one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue. Also, one in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression.

Depression in young people and adults KVC

 

If you know someone that you think might need help, here are some warning signs that might signal an issue:

  • Abnormally low or no energy
  • Acting out irrationally; yelling or fighting with friends and family
  • Eating or sleeping too much, or too little
  • Disinterest in usual activities or friends
  • Feelings of hopelessness, disregard, helplessness
  • Thoughts of self-harm or harming others

Along with other celebrities Gomez is assisting to remove the stigma around speaking about mental health issues. Her public speech is helping to inform that recovery is possible. Here’s how you can help someone find their way through depression, anxiety, trauma, feelings of violence and other interpersonal struggles to find hope and healing:

If you know a child or young adult struggling with depression or experiencing thoughts of self-harm, contact our psychiatric hospitals at 1-866-KVC-CARES (582-2273), or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).