More and more celebrities are opening up about their experiences with psychological disorders. Sometimes, it’s surprising to hear that someone rich and famous is struggling but the message is powerful for fans – no matter where you are in life, people from all backgrounds suffer from mental illness.
One recent example is Lady Gaga who has been sharing details about her ongoing battled with depression and anxiety. The 29-year-old superstar sat down with Billboard in an effort to help lessen the feelings of isolation that can sometimes come with emotional distress. “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life,” Gaga admitted. “I still suffer with it every single day.”
Interestingly enough, despite how her music and videos are shared, the singer questioned whether current technology is making things worse for people. She explained: “There is something in the way that we are now, with our cell phones and people are not looking at each other and not being in the moment with each other, that kids feel isolated. They read all of this extremely hateful language on the Internet. The Internet is a toilet. It is. It used to be a fantastic resource – but you have to sort through sh*t to find the good stuff.”
We don’t have to look far or examine studies to see what she’s talking about. Go to any restaurant on any given day of the week and you will see how so many couples, friends and family members sit across from each other at a table ignoring each other in favor of looking at the screen on their smartphone. New ads are cropping up every day to shed light on the dangers of distracted driving since, rather than simply sing along to a good song on a car ride, people are filming themselves on their phones and sharing the videos on social media. As Gaga said, we aren’t living in the moment anymore and it’s entirely possible that it is making things worse for some people.
Back in 2012, Gaga began her mission to raise awareness about depression and anxiety by launching her Born This Way foundation. She said: “I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal. We were born that way. This modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected? That’s not human.”
Over the next few years, it will be interesting to see whether our obsession with devices will continue or if we will actually start choosing to make eye contact with the people with whom we interact. Whatever course we take, if we choose to treat others in a humane and loving way, it will help eliminate some of the negativity we all encounter in the world each day.