Since Manchester in 2017, when Ariana Grande’s concert ended in the deaths of 23 people and the wounding of an additional 139 with more than half of them children; Grande’s sound and attitude have greatly changed.
Today, on her instagram story, Grande shared a picture of her brain scan which showed typical signs of a brain suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it.”
“This ‘fight-or-flight’ response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally.”
“Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.”
It’s too real, and affects far too many people.
So many people suffer from #ptsd I went through hell and came out the other side. I suffer from complex PTSD and my brain has changed so much I have a host of other issues as well. Living with ptsd and flashbacks effects almost every aspect of my life still 20 yrs later.
— Nikki TheTroll (@tanglednwire) April 12, 2019
I have suffered from PTSD for decades. I didn't even know that it actually changed the operation of the brain. Just wow… thank you for the information. This is astonishing. @ArianaGrande You are NOT alone. Remember that in the dark moments.
— J.R. Rioux (@JRRioux_Author) April 13, 2019
Please look into #neurofeedback it’s been shown to be quite effective at stabilizing brains with PTSD.
— amindofyourown (@amindofyourown1) April 13, 2019
Same here! I am 51 and have PTSD n Depression n anxiety. More than half of my life. My Dad killed himself from PTSD from the Army. My Mom also suffered Bi-Polar n anorexia n depression n anxiety. So she killed herself exactly a year later. My son's birthday. It not a joke at all!
— Coddlepatrol (@coddlepatrol) April 12, 2019
I’m a vet with PTSD and I feel your pain ma’am. I appreciate you shining light on an issue like PTSd vs a political issue. Maybe you status will start conversation and ease the stigma associated with PTSD. Thank you ma’am
— Rob (@ArkAnonymous16) April 12, 2019
I believe it! I have been treating trauma for 10 years and know how much energy it requires of the brain to be so hypervigilant. Anyone who has experienced trauma should look into EMDR therapy, it was created to treat veterans with PTSD and is by far the best!
— Superkirsten1 (@mssocialwelfare) April 12, 2019
Grande later on specified her reasons for posting the brain scan.
After all the controversy around the PSTD topic, Ariana Grande revealed what made her share her brain scans publicity on her Instagram Stories: “I found it informative and interesting and wanted to encourage y’all to make sure you check on your brains / listen to your bodies”. pic.twitter.com/wlrt4AJqhf
— Ariana Grande Access (@arianaaccesscom) April 12, 2019
“I found it informative and interesting and wanted to encourage y’all to make sure you check on your brains/listen to your bodies/take care of yourselves too.”
“I feel it all the time,” she continued.
“Someday, when I’m feeling ready or when I’m more healed up, we can talk more about it.”
I feel so bad for her…I really hope she’ll get everything back together ???? Meanwhile, as her fans we can only support her and help her get through this
— Youssef Merichko (@Funnyousername) April 12, 2019
I've had something scary come up a few years ago and had ptsd throughout my last year of hs, i never seeked help after what happened and i kinda wish i did but i didn't know how to process at the time (i'm fine now but now it makes me wanna look into a brain scan for myself) 🙁
— ǝuᴉlnɔsɐɯ ǝuᴉʌᴉp ǝɥʇ ☁️???? (@Mxo_18) April 12, 2019
My daughter loves you and knows EVERY SINGLE WORD TO EVERY SONG of yours lol. She's 10. Her name is haileigh. Don't understand why people hate on you so much. If you're ever in South Carolina, we will come see you ????
Hang in there Ariana.
— Kirk Productions – US Army MAJ (R) (@danielkirk007) April 12, 2019
You're not alone.
— Justin S. ???? (@JustinSmithArts) April 12, 2019
we forget that ariana grande witnessed 22 of her fans die in her arena, the youngest being an eight year old girl. 250 people were injured as well. it’s no surprise that she is suffering extreme PTSD and we should be encouraging her to take that seriously.
— soph (@sophiaaswan) April 11, 2019
In a July 2018 interview with British Vogue, she talked candidly about how she could not wrap her head around the incident.
“I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well,” Grande said.
“I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience—like I shouldn’t even say anything.”
I posted this in response to some tweets I saw judging Ariana Grande for speaking about her PTSD. They said she had money & friends & looked happy and busy so she couldn’t possibly have PTSD. Don’t make judgments abt someone based on social media.
— Lana Del Gay (@leshasbeen) April 12, 2019
I love that @ArianaGrande is being so open about her depression anxiety and PTSD. As someone who struggles with depression her music and transparency make me feel seen. I’m also glad she has such a supportive fan base, but people need to stop saying ‘she needs a break’. (1/2)
— Vittoria Comin (@vittoriasvoice) April 12, 2019
Ariana Grande has been a victim of band wagon hate from twitter for the last few months but now you’re all going to forget about that now she has ptsd . Some of the shit you say hurts ????????????
— sophie (@mensswearr) April 11, 2019
ariana grande is suffering from ptsd the least y’all could do is leave her alone
— jacq (@jacqpliffs) April 12, 2019
— h (@hariannahbutera) April 12, 2019
It’s scary to even imagine watching anybody die, let alone over 20 people–one of whom was eight years old.
Grande offered to pay for the funerals of any and all victims. She was immediately candid about being “broken,” saying that she “didn’t have words” for the horror that transpired.
She has to live with this every day–most of us do not. Remember that every time you think you want to make a mean comment on Twitter.