Selena Gomez is reportedly seeking mental health treatment following an “emotional breakdown” related to her health, according to multiple sources.
The decision comes after the 26-year-old singer, who has spoken openly in the past about having lupus and the resulting kidney transplant she underwent last summer, was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles twice in the last two weeks due to complications related to her condition and the operation, TMZ reports.
Gomez had to be hospitalized on both occasions because her white blood cell count was “alarmingly low,” according to the gossip website.
She was reportedly thrown into a “downward emotional spiral” afterward, and on the second occasion, she was told by doctors that she would not be allowed to leave the hospital. Gomez “freaked out” and tried to forcefully remove the IV tubing out of her arm herself, TMZ’s unnamed sources said.
Anonymous sources quoted by People Magazine referred to the incident as a “panic attack,” telling the outlet that Gomez has had “a tough few weeks” and what happened at the hospital was “the tipping point.”
Gomez is currently seeking treatment at an “east coast psychiatric facility,” where she will be receiving dialectical behavior therapy, according to TMZ.
DBT — defined by Psychology Today as a type of therapy that helps individuals manage negative emotions — is something that Gomez has received before, the site reports.
News of Gomez’s hospitalization comes after the “Wolves” singer announced last month that she would be taking a break from social media to focus on living in the present.
“As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given,” she wrote. “Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember- negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.”
Gomez addressed her diagnosis for the first time in a 2015 interview with Billboard, explaining that she’d previously taken a break from the spotlight to focus on treatment.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I've been through chemotherapy,” she told the outlet. “That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.”
“I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of,” Gomez wrote on Instagram. “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”
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