Singer Lady Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, revealed she is taking anti-psychotic medication because she ‘can’t always control what her brain does.’
In a frank and open discussion with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station, Lady Gaga, 34, said that she has found olanzapine helpful – a drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar.
She said: ‘I wrote a song on Chromatica called 911, and it’s about an anti-psychotic that I take and it’s because I can’t always control things that my brain does and I have to take medication to stop the process that occurs.’
She added: ‘I know I have mental issues and I know that they can sometimes render me non-functional as a human.’
Lady Gaga previously said that she went on medication after being repeatedly raped at the age of 19, leaving her with PTSD.
She said at Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus Tour in Florida back in January: ‘I had a psychotic break, I’ll explain what happened. Here’s my brain, here’s the center.
‘And then, I was triggered really bad in a court deposition, and this part of the brain where you stay centered and you don’t dissociate, right? It went like this,’ she said, before slamming her hand down.
‘It slammed down. And my whole body started tingling, I started screaming,’ she said. Asked by Oprah where she was at, she replied, ‘I was in the hospital.’
‘It’s very difficult to describe what it feels like other than that at first, you are completely tingling from head to toe, and then you go numb, but what is essentially happening is the brain goes, ‘That’s enough, I don’t want to think about this anymore, I don’t want to feel this anymore,’ boom,’ she said, slamming her hand down again.
‘And literally break from reality as we know it,’ Oprah added.
‘You break from reality as we know it, you have no concept of what’s going on around you,’ she explained.
Gaga said she was evaluated by a psychiatrist, much to her initial annoyance.
”Can you get me a real doctor?” Gaga recalled asking. ‘He was like, ‘Hey, so nice to meet you.’ And he sat down and I was like, ‘I need medicine, I don’t feel well. I can’t feel… help me.’ And then he just said, ‘I need you to explain to me what happened today.’ And I was so annoyed.
‘But I’m telling you this story because even I, who run Born This Way foundation with my mother, was irritated that they brought a psychiatrist in to help me. That’s how gone I was.’
‘I was so separated from the world, and once we started talking and he realized what had happened to me, and then he ordered a medication for me, that I took, reluctantly, at first. Then he became my psychiatrist and assembled a team for me, and I went away to a place that I go to sometimes still for a reboot, and they took care of me and we got all of the things lined up and I have a very unorthodox actually set of pills that I take. But they saved my life and I’m very grateful.’
Gaga did not specify what deposition she was sitting for, but in 2017 she was deposed as part of the lawsuit between Dr. Luke and Kesha.
In Gaga’s wide-ranging interview with Oprah, she also opened up about suffering from fibromyalgia and experiencing PTSD after being raped repeatedly as a teenager.
Gaga had already revealed she suffered a psychotic break as part of a recent interview she did with Oprah for Elle Magazine.
‘It was one of the worst things that’s ever happened to me. I was brought to the ER to urgent care and they brought in the doctor, a psychiatrist. So I’m just screaming, and I said, ‘Could somebody bring me a real doctor?’ And I didn’t understand what was going on, because my whole body went numb; I fully dissociated. I was screaming, and then he calmed me down and gave me medication for when that happens—olanzapine,’ she said.
Meanwhile, the star said she has wanted to do more to help others amid the coronavirus pandemic.
She told Zane: ‘How can I use my humanity to focus on something that I believe to be infinitely more important than what I’ve been through? Which is what the medical community has done.
‘It made me think about the helpers of the world and how their mental states are and how they don’t necessarily have the help that they need.
‘When this is all over whatever that means and things get better whatever that means, who will be there to support them’
She continued: ‘I don’t lack self awareness and I do understand I’m not the only human on the planet that suffers and I think I have it pretty f****** good and I’m grateful for what I have.’