Lady Gaga wants to remove the stigma from PTSD.
For five years, the 30-year-old pop music superstars said she "wrestled" with whether she should share her story publicly. "There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness," Gaga explained, "but it's important that you know that there is hope and a chance for recovery."
From the outside looking in, few would guess Gaga has PTSD. "It is a daily effort for me, even during this album cycle, to regulate my nervous system so that I don't panic over circumstances that to many would seem like normal life situations," she wrote. "Examples are leaving the house or being touched by strangers who simply want to share their enthusiasm for my music."