Lady Gaga Opens Up About "Mental Health Crisis"

Lady Gaga has opened up about her experiences with mental illness -- and called on Hollywood to provide better support and health care for members of the entertainment industry.

The singer and actress spoke this week at a SAG-AFTRA event and described how her own experiences with PTSD were exacerbated by the hectic demands of stardom.

“I began to notice that I would stare off into space and black out for seconds or minutes,” Gaga said, according to Variety.

“I would see flashes of things I was tormented by, experiences that were filed away in my brain with ‘I’ll deal with you later’ for many years because my brain was protecting me, as science teaches us," she said.

"These were also symptoms of disassociation and PTSD and I did not have a team that included mental health support," Gaga explained.

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She added that her "mental health crisis" developed into “physical chronic pain, fibromyalgia, panic attacks, acute trauma responses, and debilitating mental spirals that have included suicidal ideation and masochistic behaviour.”

The Star Is Born actress said she wished there had been a proper system in place to "protect and guide her".

"... a system in place to empower me to say no to things I felt I had to do, a system in place to empower me to stay away from toxic work environments or working with people who were of seriously questionable character,” Gaga said.

“There were days that I struggled or couldn’t make it to work and I don’t want that for other artists or anyone.”

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Gaga encouraged the Hollywood crowd to help her "bring mental health into the light".

"We need to share our stories so that global mental health no longer resides and festers in the darkness," she said.

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300 224 636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

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