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Lady Gaga Talking About Depression and Anxiety

Lady Gaga Opens Up About Her Struggles With Unhappiness and Anxiety

Over the weekend, Lady Gaga stopped by Yale University to speak at the Emotion Revolution summit, a new initiative that partners with the Born This Way Foundation. The pop star posted plenty of shots from the event to her Instagram account, promoting #IAmNotJust. Gaga's contribution, which she also posted, stated, "#IamNotJust ANXIOUS. I have depression." The powerful caption correlates to the empowering speech Gaga gave at the summit, a snippet of which was posted by Tumblr user sickestambition. She talks about her own unhappiness and how she found a way to be true to herself again. Watch her speak in the clip above, then read a full transcription of the quote below.

"I have had to make decisions like . . . why am I unhappy? 'OK, Stefani-Gaga hybrid person . . . why are you unhappy? Why is it that you want to quit music?' I was like, well I really don't like selling these . . . you know, fragrances. Perfumes. I don't like wasting my time, spending days just shaking peoples' hands and smiling, and taking selfies. Feels shallow to my existence. I have a lot more to offer than my image. I don't like being used to make people money. I feel sad when I'm overworked. And that I just become a money-making machine, and my passion and creativity take a backseat. That makes me unhappy.
So what did I do? I started to say no. I'm not doing that. I don't want to do that. I'm not taking that picture, I'm not going to that event, I'm not standing by that because that's not what I stand for. And slowly but surely, I remembered who I am. And then you go home, and you look in the mirror, and you're like, 'Yes. I can go to bed with
you every night.' Because that person, I know that person. That person has balls, that person has integrity, that person has an opinion. That person just doesn't say yes. That person doesn't get a text from somebody and say, 'Oh my God, they wrote this, and sent this emoji. Should I send this back? What do you think, is that OK to say? Are they going to like me if I say that? Should I say something different?' This is the age that we live in. We are not actually communicating with each other. We are unconsciously communicating lies."

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