For an article written for WSJ to honor Mental Health Awareness Month on Thursday, Camila Cabello delved into her encounters of anxiety and OCD.
The 23-year-old singer highlighted that on her social media page the picture fans saw was a lot different than their reality. Even though she showed off the glittery costumes and music-making sessions, Cabello acknowledged that she faced a “constant, unwavering, relentless anxiety that made day-to-day life painfully hard.”
“I was embarrassed and ashamed. I didn’t want the people who thought I was strong and capable and confident—the people who most believed in me—to find out that I felt weak,” she stated.
Cabello continued, “The little voice in my head was telling me that if I was honest about my mental health struggle and my internal battles (i.e. being human), people would think there was something wrong with me, or that I wasn’t strong, or that I couldn’t handle things.”
And while she had tried to resist calling attention to her mental health battle, the Grammy Award-nominated singer eventually realized that she needed help.
“There was something hurting inside me, and I didn’t have the skill to heal it or handle it, she said. “In order to heal it, I had to talk about it.”
Cabello, who grew to popularity as a Fifth Harmony member before beginning her solo career at the end of 2016, clarified that her anxiety turned out to be OCD, contributing to “obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.”
“To put it simply, it made me feel like my mind was playing a cruel trick on me,” she added.
The singer added that she was also physically affected by the condition causing a knot in her throat, inability to sleep, and chronic headache. When she noticed that she had suffered from her relationships with those around her, especially her mother and her sister, she decided it was time to get help.
With the help of methods such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, meditation, and breathwork, Cabello said she was “no longer in that internal war.”
“I feel the healthiest and most connected to myself I’ve ever been, and nowadays I rarely suffer from OCD symptoms,” she told the magazine, explaining that when it manifests itself, she views anxiety differently.
Camila has overcome this phase and that’s good news for her fans, everyone has to go from a difficult path at least once in life this is what teaches us to value our lives and people around. Also, its good to share what you experience in the past and what was the process to get back to normal.
Camila and many other celebs who do not fear to talk their heart out about the issue like anxiety or depression are actually helping others from their story.