Ariana Grande Opens Up About Coping With Anxiety In 'Elle' Magazine Interview

"I've also spent the past handful of years growing up under very extraordinary circumstances."

In a new interview with ELLE magazine, Ariana Grande — who will be featured on the cover of the August 2018 issue — gets candid about her mental health, and how therapy, self-care, and her music has helped her.  

Grande says she has been in therapy for over a decade, and began the self-care practice around the time her parents divorced when she was 15 years old.


"It's work," she explains in the interview. "I'm a 25-year-old woman. But I've also spent the past handful of years growing up under very extraordinary circumstances."

When it comes to discussing the Manchester terror attack in May 2017, Grande says she is still hesitant to talk about the experience so her story does "not overshadow the victims." She did, however, open up about her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and experiences following the tour.

"When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn't breathe," she explained. "I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. I've always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down."

SELF points out that the symptoms the singer talks about are often associated with panic attacks, which "are episodes of intense fear or panic that come on suddenly, usually with physical symptoms such as a racing heart or shortness of breath." Although, it should be noted Grande didn't specifically call it "panic attacks."

After sharing her experiences with friend Pharrell Williams, the duo created "Get Well Soon," which is the final track on her album "Sweetener."

"When I started to take care of myself more, then came balance, and freedom, and joy," Grande told Time magazine in a May interview. "It poured out into the music." 

Grande also highlights how watching Planet Earth has given her an interesting perspective about humanity. "We get so stressed about little things when in the big picture, we're just a speck of dust on this tiny planet in this enormous solar system that is also a speck in a huge, mysterious black hole situation, and we don't even know what it is!" 


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