Lady Gaga shares empowering message about mental illness and trauma

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LONDON — Lady Gaga made a powerful announcement at a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, stating that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

During a segment on the TODAY show, the singer went to the Ali Forney Center in Harlem, New York, to hand out presents before delivering a powerful message to a group of young people. 

“I don’t have the same kind of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness and I struggle with that illness every day. So, I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed,” Lady Gaga told the group.  Read more…

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Magic mushrooms eases anxiety in cancer patients, studies show

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After Tammy Burgess was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 55, she fell into the grips of crippling anxiety. 

“I would just lay on the couch. I didn’t go to work,” she recently told researchers at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “When you’re anxious about cancer, everything else becomes anxious.”

But Burgess said she eventually broke free of her existential fears, thanks to a surprising treatment: a capsule of psilocybin, a mind-altering compound found in magic mushrooms.

“It was so peaceful and so beautiful,” Burgess recalled.

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Too many mental health apps put style over substance

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We share some of our most intimate data with mental health apps, but there’s surprisingly little proof of what they give us in return.

Many medical experts are starting to find problematic the lack of clear science backing up apps that promise to help with everything from low mood to depression.

Bruce Bolam, program director at VicHealth, oversaw a recent review of more than 300 health and wellbeing apps.

While he praised the dynamism of a “free market of smartphone apps,” Bolam explained that while many apps scored top marks when it came to design and gamification, the science behind their treatment method was a lot weaker. Read more…

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How Selena Gomez turned vulnerability into her greatest strength

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Selena Gomez is the most followed Instagram user on the planet. In September, she became the first and only person to rack up 100 million followers (now it’s up to 103 million). 

It’s a significant feat for any pop star — her BFF Taylor Swift is trailing behind at just over 90 million followers right now. But its true significance lies in the fact that it happened during a period of radio silence from Gomez, whose last post was 14 weeks ago. 

In August, Gomez checked herself into rehab to confront her anxiety and depression head on, and the act of self-care spoke volumes.  But Gomez’s hiatus hasn’t hurt the pop star’s career. Instead, her willingness to expose her vulnerability has only strengthened her fan base.  Read more…

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