Lady Gaga knows she has a powerful forum, the public stage, the make her voice heard, and she’s been a very outspoken advocate for mental health care.
Now Gaga has spoken with Oprah Winfrey at her 2020 Vision Tour about her troubled past, and how she’s learned to heal.
Gaga in Focus
In Fort Lauderdale, FL, Oprah launched her 2020 Vision tour, which is subtitled, “Your Life in Focus.” Lady Gaga was one of many heavy-hitter guests Oprah had with her, and they had a powerful talk about mental health.
Fifteen thousand people were in attendance to hear Lady Gaga speak, and it was a very candid conversation. Winfrey’s tour had what was billed as “changemakers who inspired millions through their unique and powerful wellness stories,” and Gaga sure fits the bill.
Gaga has been through a hell of a lot in her 33 years, and she told the audience, “I think the most shocking thing I can possibly do is be completely vulnerable and honest with you about my life, what I’ve been through, the struggles that I have seen that I have also been a part of, and share that with the world so that I can help other people that are suffering.”
A Constant Work in Progress
Gaga’s latest album, #LG6, has been in the works for some time, and Gaga herself is a work in progress as well. She revealed to the audience that “mental health is a medical condition. It should be treated as a medical condition. It should not be ignored…I want us to understand the brain, and all get on the same page about it so that Gen Z does not have to deal with this the way that we are right now. Mental health is a crisis.”
Gaga suffers from PTSD, and she’s also experienced physical pain from her mental traumas. When you go through “Fibromyalgia,” it’s a neuropathic pain where you suffer physical pain through the brain, and it happens with many people who have unexplained physical pain that’s a side effect from mental trauma.
In treating her mental health, Gaga’s routine includes regular exercise, therapy, cognitive therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and more. While she’s survived terrible trauma in her life, Gaga says, “All the things I’ve been through, I think they were supposed to happen. I was supposed to go through this…I think it happened because God was saying to me, ‘I’m going to show you pain, and then you’re going to help other people who are in pain because you understand it.’ Now when I see someone in pain, I can’t look away.”
Gaga has done a lot to promote the importance of mental health at her concerts and in interviews, and even trains people in mental health first aid at her shows. She’s clearly doing everything she can to help people that are suffering, and ultimately Oprah was moved by Gaga’s appearance. The famed mogul wrote on Instagram that “my heart got expanded by this experience with you all.”