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Lady Gaga Reveals Her Struggle with Depression and Anxiety


I said this earlier and I'll say it again, I invented myself Lady Gaga and I've curated my life to be an expression of my pain, this is how I overcame my depression. It's by creating somebody that I felt was stronger than me but, once I went through all sorts of changes my career taking off becoming more isolated you know nothing was able to fix how I was genetically made. I was born this way so how do we now, knowing all of that no matter how much success you have, no matter how many opportunities of fame and fortune, no matter how many people accept you to your face, the person that really needs to accept you is you.

 I have some sort of anxiety depression something that's changed my whole life.  I take antidepressant medication for it and I have tried to get off of them but, the doctor always tells me not to do that it's not safe.  Whenever I've tried to get off my meds I seem to get very neurotic, so I have had to study all different types of ways and dig into all these different areas to figure out how to function. As a public figure, it's not possible that I have the resources that other kids have so this is not fair. I started looking into Ayurvedic medicine, I started looking into mindfulness and meditation, I started looking into a mantra and I pray sometimes. I make music, write poetry and I am an actress now which helped me a lot, so these are the things that I started to do. What really helped me the most that I want to impress upon all of you is that I realize that part of my identity is saying no to things I don't want to do. You are all in school and you all have a lot of teachers and a lot of people around you that tell you all day what you have to do.

It is your right to choose what you do and don't do. It is your right to choose what you believe in and what you don't believe in. It is your right to curate your life and your own perspective, you are not here to be a puppet for you that's not what they want. Am I wrong to make decisions like why am I unhappy? Stephanie Gaga, why are you unhappy? Why is it that you want to quit music a couple years ago? That's like well I really don't like selling these you know fragrances perfumes, I don't like wasting my time spending days just shaking people's hands and smiling and taking selfies. I feel shallow to my existence and I have a lot more to offer than my image. I don't like being used to make people money, I feel sad when I'm overworked and that I've just become a money-making machine and that my passion and my creativity takes a backseat, that makes me unhappy. So I started to say no I'm not doing that, I'm not taking that picture, I'm not going to that event, I'm not standing by that because that's not what I stand for.

Then slowly but surely I remembered Who I am and then you go home and you look in the mirror and you're like yes I can go to bed with you every night because that person I know, that person has balls, that person has integrity, that person has an opinion, that person doesn't say yes, that person doesn't get a text from somebody and say oh my god they wrote this and they sent this emoji should I write this back. Do you think it's okay to say are they going to like me if I say something different? This is the age that we live in, we're not actually communicating with each other we are unconsciously communicating lives, so when I check in with myself throughout the day and I say do I really want to do this and if the answer is no, I don't do it and you shouldn't either

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