Selena Gomez is reportedly spending time in a Tennessee treatment facility for a very important reason: to focus on her mental health. Gomez has reportedly returned to rehab to help manage her anxiety, panic attacks, and depression, according to multiple sources who spoke with Us Weekly. Bustle has reached out to Gomez’s rep for comment on the report, but has not yet received a response.
If true, this would be Gomez’s second stint in rehab. She went in 2014 and he rep told People at the time,"Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows but not for substance abuse." According to Us Weekly, this was one year after she was diagnosed with Lupus. In addition to being a tough diagnosis to grapple with, the chronic disease has been known to cause anxiety and depression, as explained in a statement made in August by Gomez.
Us reported the following statement from Gomez on Aug. 30. At that time, the singer and actor announced she would be canceling the remaining 34 dates on her Revival tour in order to focus on her mental health, but did not mention anything about entering a facility. Gomez said,
“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have Lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks, and depression can be side effects of Lupus, which can present their own challenges … I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off. Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone and by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”
While my heart is with Gomez during this time, we should also see Gomez’s example as a reminder to take care of our own mental health. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population.” That’s major! So while many people who have experienced anxiety and depression may feel alone, know that you definitely are not, and that it's OK to get help. It's important to focus on yourself and your own well-being.