Lady Gaga re­veals battle with post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der

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Pop icon Lady Gaga has re­vealed an on­go­ing battle with post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD), part of the emo­tional fall­out from hav­ing been raped as a teenager. The singer-songwriter made the rev­e­la­tion dur­ing a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view on Mon­day at a New York home­less shel­ter for gay and les­bian (LGBT) youth. "I told the kids today that I suf­fer from a men­tal ill­ness-I suf­fer from PTSD," said Gaga, speak­ing to NBC tele­vi­sion's "Today Show" pro­gram. Two years ear­lier, the singer re­vealed on tele­vi­sion she had been raped at age 19, an ex­pe­ri­ence that left her trau­ma­tized.

A gay icon who has long cham­pi­oned the rights of sex­ual mi­nori­ties, Gaga, now 30, urged the youths at the Ali For­ney Cen­ter shel­ter to find the courage to face their prob­lems. "I don't have the same kinds of is­sues that you have, but I have a men­tal ill­ness, and I strug­gle with that men­tal ill­ness ev­ery day," she said. "I need my mantra to help keep me re­laxed. You are brave. You are coura­geous." The visit marked the first time the "Born This Way" singer has spo­ken of hav­ing PTSD, al­though in the past she has re­vealed bat­tling de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety. On Twit­ter, Lady Gaga thanked the shel­ter res­i­dents for "shar­ing your sto­ries, trauma & pain", and added: "Today I shared one my deep­est se­crets w/ the world. Se­crets keep you sick w/ shame." — AFP

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