Camila Cabello is getting candid about her mental health.
The 23-year-old “Havana” singer opened up in an essay for WSJ. Magazine for Mental Health Awareness Month, and discussed her battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety.
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“Here’s what there aren’t pictures of from the last year: me crying in the car talking to my mom about how much anxiety and how many symptoms of OCD I was experiencing. My mom and me in a hotel room reading books about OCD because I was desperate for relief. Me experiencing what felt like constant, unwavering, relentless anxiety that made day-to-day life painfully hard,” she wrote.
“I didn’t want the people who thought I was strong and capable and confident — the people who most believed in me — to find out that I felt weak. The little voice in my head was telling me that if I was honest about my mental health struggle and my internal battles (i.e. being human), people would think there was something wrong with me, or that I wasn’t strong, or that I couldn’t handle things,” she went on to say.
She said her OCD took the form of “obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors,” making her “feel like my mind was playing a cruel trick on me.” She also had difficulty sleeping, headaches and a persistent knot in her throat.
She said that with techniques including meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, breathing exercises, she’s the “healthiest and most connected to myself I’ve ever been.”
“For a long time, anxiety felt like it was robbing me of my humor, my joy, my creativity and my trust. But now anxiety and I are good friends. I listen to her, because I know she’s just trying to keep me safe, but I don’t give her too much attention. And I sure as hell don’t let her make any decisions.”
“Social media can make us feel like we should be as perfect as everybody else seems to be. Far from being a sign of weakness, owning our struggles and taking the steps to heal is powerful,” she added.
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