Ariana Grande Is Opening Up About Experiencing PTSD After The Manchester Attack

"It's a real thing."

Just over a year after 22 people were killed in a bombing at her Manchester concert, Ariana Grande is opening up about how the tragedy has affected her mental health. In a new interview with British Vogue, the singer shares her experience with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

According to E! News, Grande told the magazine that her "dizziness and anxiety" were symptoms of PTSD. "I hate ... yeah ... admitting it but it very much is," she shared. "That's what everyone was telling me. It's hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it's a real thing. I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well."

According to the National Center for PTSD, the condition is "a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event." It's frequently associated with combat veterans but can develop after a variety of traumatic events. Celebrities such as Abigail Breslin and Lady Gaga have previously shared their own experiences with PTSD.

"Time is the biggest thing," Grande told British Vogue. "I feel like I shouldn't even be talking about my own experience — like I shouldn't even say anything. I don't think I'll ever know how to talk about it and not cry."

Grande, who organized a benefit concert in Manchester before returning to her world tour, also opened up to the magazine about her anxiety. "My anxiety has anxiety," she said. "I've always had anxiety. I've never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it's ever been."

It's not the first time Grande has spoken candidly about her mental health. Last month, the "No Tears Left to Cry" singer spoke with Time magazine about the importance of self-care following the tragedy. "You think with time it'll become easier to talk about. Or you'll make peace with it," she said. "But every day I wait for that peace to come and it's still very painful."

However, her choice to focus on herself helped her creatively, resulting in her upcoming fourth album Sweetener. "When I started to take care of myself more, then came balance, and freedom, and joy. It poured out into the music," she shared.

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