(HEADLINE HEALTH) In a recent interview, Cynthia Germanotta offers us key insights into the mental history of her famous daughter, Stefani (Lady Gaga).
Do Gaga’s bizarre antics and need for constant attention have their roots in mental illness?
Was she, in fact, “born this way” as asserted in one of her hit songs?
Her mom’s comments suggest this is the case.
Stefani Germanotta now claims to be suffering from two mental health disorders – fibromyalgia and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Meanwhile her mother is “speaking out to help families deal with mental health issues.”
It’s not clear whether Gaga’s alleged conditions are self-diagnosed or medically diagnosed, or what ongoing professional treatment she may be receiving.
What is clear is that her non-stop promotional tour is garnering her lots of the attention she desperately craves.
Below are highlights of Cynthia Germanotta’s interview on the family’s history with mental health issues.
Lady Gaga’s Mom Confirms Singer’s Lifelong Mental Health Issues
(David Konow, The Fix)
Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta have been speaking out to help families deal with mental health issues.
Gaga’s mother told a reporter that mental health should be talked about openly in the home, and it’s something she wishes she practiced more herself.
Germanotta continued, “Nobody’s immune from bad things happening in their family.”
She stressed the importance of “leaving an open door” for your family, and added that a mental health discussion doesn’t always have to be “a really deep conversation.”
Sometimes just making time to have fun with your family, “something as simple as going bowling together or going to a movie can be a stress reliever.”
Germanotta has been actively speaking out about mental health to the media, even taking the Born This Way Foundation on tour with her daughter and bringing “Mental Health First Aid” training to people who want to become counselors.
Germanotta says that “mental health is a huge challenge for the world,” and with her superstar daughter recently talking about her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), she added that, Lady Gaga “wants to help other young people be much better equipped to deal with that.”
[While claiming to suffer from the same debilitating stress condition as battle-wounded veterans, Stefani Germanotta has never served in the military or been the victim of a reported crime. – Editor]