Lady Gaga Described Her "Psychotic Break" to Oprah
Never one to shy away from talking about what many see as taboo, Lady Gaga joined Oprah Winfrey on stage to discuss her challenges with mental health as well as her day-to-day battles with chronic pain and fibromyalgia. Naturally, she was frank and open, but what hit fans the hardest may have been her description of a "psychotic break" that she endured while she was hospitalized. She shared the story with Oprah and an audience of 15,000 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in hopes of erasing the stigma that often comes with talking about mental health.
The talk was part of Winfrey and WW's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour. Gaga spoke about an episode that she called a "psychotic break," telling those in attendance that while it was hard to describe, she wanted to share so that people could have some insight into her personal experience with it and how she coped.
"My whole body started tingling and I started screaming. I was in a hospital," she said. "It's very difficult to describe what it feels like other than that you first start to tingle from head to toe and then you go numb."
Gaga noted that while some people may find the choice controversial, she decided to take medication to help with her symptoms.
"The brain goes, 'That's enough, I don’t want to think about this anymore. I don't want to feel this anymore.' Boom. You break from reality as you know it," she added. "I know this is controversial in a lot of ways, but medicine really helped me."
Gaga continued, saying that she's come to accept her health conditions and everything that she's had to endure, including surviving sexual assault. She calls it "radical accpetance."
"This happened for a reason. All the things I’ve been through," she said. "I was supposed to go through this. Even the rape—all of it. I radically accepted they happened because God was saying to me, 'I'm gonna show you pain. And then you're going to help other people who are in pain because you're going to understand it.'"