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Grande’s Instagram Story showed the scan along with an image showing a “healthy brain” versus a brain showing signs of PTSD.
“Hilarious and terrifying,” she wrote.
many people disregarded ariana’s emotional + mental stability after the traumatic situations she was in & instead decided to add more stress + hate to her plate. now look at how her brain is and next time, remember that she is human and her feelings are valid despite her status pic.twitter.com/kkQXyfWtP3
— jony 20 (@jonygrandee) April 11, 2019
Following Grande’s post, her fans poured in with support and love on Twitter. Some expressed concerns that her busy touring schedule will have worsening effects on her mental health, and others showed admiration for her strength and openness.
PTSD is a serious mental illness and sometimes she really need a break from everything. the fact that ariana is still touring shows how much she cares. i really hope she makes sure to take care of herself ♡ pic.twitter.com/sSywLnCApI
— toni (@nasadeaky) April 12, 2019
Yet this woman is still touring and performing almost every night, recording and releasing music, etc. Women are strong as hell and Ariana isn't an exception, i hate this so much for her and i just hope she's taking care of herself bc she deserves to be happy https://t.co/4Ert8pC9PP
— Carli 🔮 (@carlifiveH) April 12, 2019
im scared for ariana, she doesn’t have a healthy brain at all. Her PTSD is high (her exam shows white spots all around her brain and there are too much.) too many areas are affected and it worries me to death. she needs to fucking rest. music can wait. tour can wait. we can wait.
— 𝚒𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚎 (@allmydevils) April 11, 2019
As BuzzFeed reports, some commenters accused fans of only paying attention to Grande’s mental illness because she’s a celebrity.
“Y’all care more about a celebrity that you’ll never meet than people right next to you in your own lives,” one commenter said.
But her fans didn’t back down, and some pointed out that Grande’s post helped spread awareness.
thanks for spreading awareness on something that more people need to be informed about—ptsd/dissociation. just a daily reminder to ALWAYS put your mental health first @ArianaGrande https://t.co/9ZEjjQz4mk
— Miranda (@mirandachulick) April 12, 2019
Grande followed up with another Instagram Story, writing she didn’t mean to scare anyone with her “brain thingy.”
“It just blew me away,” she wrote. “I found it informative and interesting and wanted to encourage ya’ll to make sure you check on your brains / listen to your bodies / take care of yourselves too.”
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Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.