Ariana Grande revealed that she is suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, over a year after the terrorist attack that targeted her concert in Manchester Arena in May 2017.
The singer talked about her struggle with the condition in an interview with British Vogue, which will be released on June 8 with Grande as the cover star.
Suicide Bomber Killed 22 At Ariana Grande Concert
On May 22, 2017, after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device as people were leaving the jampacked venue.
The terrorist attack killed 22 people, many of them teenagers and including children, with dozens more wounded. The tragic event resulted in Grande's battle against post-traumatic stress disorder, the singer revealed.
Ariana Grande And Her Battle Against PTSD
"It's hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it's a real thing," Grande said regarding PTSD, in the interview with Vogue. "I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well."
Following the first anniversary of the tragedy, Grande revealed last month that she had a bee tattoo inked behind her ear to commemorate the victims. The worker bee is traditionally used as an emblem by Manchester, appearing in its crest and representing its industrial history.
forever ️ pic.twitter.com/mI61BiF640 — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 24, 2018
What Is PTSD?
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a form of anxiety caused by very frightening or stressful events. It is often linked to soldiers exposed to intense warfare, but it is not limited to those situations. People who suffer from PTSD may often relive their traumatic experience through flashbacks and nightmares, possibly leading to feelings of guilt, irritability, and isolation that could significantly affect a person's daily life.
Research from last year showed that while PTSD is known as a mental health condition, the disorder may also have physical effects on a person's brain. The findings offer new hope for an improved method of detecting and treating PTSD.
Ecstasy was recently tagged as a promising PTSD treatment, as the party drug, combined with psychotherapy, was able to help reduce the symptoms of the disorder in subjects involved in a study. Using ecstasy as a cure for PTSD, however, comes with potentially dangerous side effects that include suicidal thoughts. In any case, PTSD patients are warned against taking the street version of ecstasy, as the drug is illegal and harmful to one's health.