“Not A Joke”: Ariana Grande Shares Her PTSD Brain Scan With Fans

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.

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Terrifying indeed.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is “a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.”

“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.

Grande later on specified her reasons for posting the brain scan.

“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.”

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.”

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.

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