Lady Gaga Opens Up About Taking Antipsychotic Meds

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Lady Gaga is sharing her journey with mental illness in a candid interview.

The star opened up about taking antipsychotic medication due to severe trauma from being raped as a teen. The pop star revealed the news while discussing her new album Chromatica with Zane Lowe.

“I can’t always control things that my brain does — and I have to take medication to stop the process that occurs,” she said in describing her psychological turmoil.

She told Zane that the track “911” discusses her medication, olanzapine, which is used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

“I know I have mental issues and I know that they can sometimes render me non-functional as a human,” she said.

The star opened up about being raped in an interview with Oprah last year: “I was raped when I was 19 [years] old, repeatedly,” she said at the time.

“It was one of the worst things that’s ever happened to me,” she added of experiencing dramatic physical episodes as a result. “I didn’t understand what was going on, because my whole body went numb; I fully dissociated. I was screaming, and then he [her psychiatrist] calmed me down and gave me medication for when that happens.”

“Medicine really helped me,” she told Oprah. “A lot of people are afraid of medicine for their brains to help them. I really want to erase the stigma around this.”

God, we love you Gaga. Thanks for being candid with us — as always.