Lady Gaga tells of her fight against post-traumatic stress disorder
Singer Lady Gaga has shared her story about battling with post-traumatic stress disorder in a heartfelt statement posted on her charity website.
Speaking through the Born This Way Foundation, she addressed the "shame attached to mental illness" and told people living with mental health problems that "there is hope and a chance for recovery."
The American artist, 30, wrote: " I have wrestled for some time about when, how and if I should reveal my diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
"After five years of searching for the answers to my chronic pain and the change I have felt in my brain, I am finally well enough to tell you."
She said that her diagnosis, following difficulties while touring in the earlier years of her career, has made it a "daily effort" for her to balance her nerves in everyday situations, such as leaving the house or being approached by strangers.
"I also struggle with triggers from the memories I carry from my feelings of past years on tour when my needs and requests for balance were being ignored," she explained.
"I was overworked and not taken seriously when I shared my pain and concern that something was wrong. I ultimately ended up injured on the Born This Way Ball.
"That moment and the memory of it has changed my life forever."
She described the effects of her experiences on her brain as being "paralysed with fear", adding that her anxiety causes her emotional and physical pain.
"When this happens I can't talk," she said.
"It's harder to do my job. It's harder to do simple things like take a shower. Everything has become harder."
But she said that the treatment and support she has received helped her to combat her issues and pledged to do the same for others struggling with mental health.
She said: "I am a strong and powerful woman who is aware of the love I have around me from my team, my family and friends, my doctors and from my incredible fans who I know will never give up on me.
"I am continuing to learn how to transcend this because I know I can. If you relate to what I am sharing, please know that you can too.
"I pledge not only to help our youth not feel ashamed of their own conditions, but also to lend support to those servicemen and women who suffer from PTSD. No one's invisible pain should go unnoticed.
"I believe that the most inexpensive and perhaps the best medicine in the world is words.
"I am starting today, because secrets keep you sick. And I don't want to keep this secret anymore."
Earlier in the week, Gaga revealed her PTSD diagnosis for the first time in a programme broadcast by NBC's Today programme in Australia.
Talking to young people at a shelter for LGBT youth about how she uses meditation to help her "calm down", she said: " I have a mental illness and I struggle with that mental illness every day.
"I suffer from PTSD. I've never told anyone that before."