Ariana Grande took to Instagram on Thursday to share the levels of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) she has in her brain.
The pop star has been open about her struggle with PTSD since the deadly Manchester bombing following her concert in 2017. Grande posted a screenshot of a text she sent comparing a healthy brain to a brain with PTSD. Grande’s scan was lit up in various areas, portraying a high level of the disorder.
She captioned the post, “hilarious and terrifying…not a joke.”
Last summer, Grande expressed to British Vogue that dizziness and anxiety were signs of PTSD.
“I hate…yeah…admitting it but it very much is,” she said. “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. Time is the biggest thing. 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.”
“I think a lot of people have anxiety, especially right now. My anxiety has anxiety… 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. Everybody thought I was crazy when I got home and wanted to hit the ground running.”