For Selena Gomez, the last two years have been spent working on her mental health.
The actress and singer suffered an emotional breakdown in 2018 that led her to seek dialectical behavior therapy, a form of talk therapy, to manage her depression and anxiety. And in a new interview with InStyle, Gomez reflected on how far she’s come.
“I became aware that my little world is complicated, but the picture is much bigger than the stuff I deal with,” she said of the last two years. “I have problems with depression and anxiety, and I found it difficult for me to be me.”
Gomez initially didn’t want to talk about her mental health struggles on social media “because I realized I was in a situation where I was extremely blessed,” she said.
And as she continued to deal with depression, Gomez realized that it would help to take a break from all platforms.
“At one point Instagram became my whole world, and it was really dangerous,” she said. “… Taking a break from social media was the best decision that I’ve ever made for my mental health. I created a system where I still don’t have my passwords. And the unnecessary hate and comparisons went away once I put my phone down. I’ll have moments where that weird feeling will come back, but now I have a much better relationship with myself.”