1-3: Lady Gaga Has PTSD

This piece is based on reporting from back in December.

Lady Gaga Reveals She Has PTSD

Lady Gaga revealed in a “Today” segment … that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, almost exactly two years after she opened up about being raped at the age of 19.

“I suffer from a mental illness — I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before …”

“But the kindness that’s been shown to me by doctors — as well as my family and my friends — it’s really saved my life.” she added. “I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.”

While I certainly think Lady Gaga’s public admission of the trauma she has experienced is courageous, I have to take issue with the last quoted sentence.

Reliance on self-healing (“to heal myself”), I believe, is a recipe for disaster, a train wreck waiting to happen—pick your own cliché. I lack the qualifications to set a broken bone or remove my appendix. Likewise, my PTSD requires informed diagnosis and professional treatment. It took many years for me to realize that. As for the application of kindness, well, I guess there is nothing wrong with that, either giving or receiving.

Not to quibble. Thank you, Ms. Gaga, for reminding us that we really don’t know what other people have gone through in their lives, even celebrities. Even our neighbors. Even the homeless. Especially the homeless.

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The illustration at the blog’s top corner is the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. The blogger is a Vietnam Veteran, 1966-67. He is an author and past state chaplain for a major veterans organization. He welcomes comments on posts and encourages readers to subscribe to PTSDOutreach.com; two points: 1) it is free, 2) posts appear directly in your e-mail in-box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The illustration at the blog’s top is the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. The blogger is a Vietnam Veteran, 1966-67. He is an author and past state chaplain for a major veterans organization. He welcomes comments on posts and encourages readers to subscribe to PTSDOutreach.com; two points: 1) it is free, 2) posts appear directly in your e-mail in-box.

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