Ariana Grande continues to be open with her fans about post traumatic stress disorder. The 25-year-old pop star took to Instagram on Thursday (April 12) to share a scan highlighting the PTSD levels in her brain. Ari called the scans “hilarious and terrifying,” as well as sharing a diagram that shows what a “healthy brain” look likes.
The "PTSD brain" on the right hand side of the photo shows a bunch of highlighted regions of the brain that are impacted by the disorder, while the "healthy brain" is mostly dark. The photo also include four images of Ariana's own brain scans, which are similarly lit up to the brain with PTSD. "Not a joke," she wrote.
Ariana returned to Instagram after some fans expressed concerned for the pop star's well being. "I found it informative and interested and anted to encourage y'all to make sure you check on your brains/listen to your bodies/take care of yourselves, too," Ari wrote in a follow up story. "I love science and seeing the physical reality of what's going on in there was incredible to me."
"Someday, when I'm feeling ready or when I'm more healed up, we can talk more about it," Ari continued. "I am constantly working on my health/learning how to process pain (aren't we all)."
You can read her statement in full below:
This isn't the first time Ari has spoken out about her experiences with PTSD, either. When British Vogue asked if the dizziness and anxiety she experienced after the bombing at her Manchester concert were signs of the disorder, Ariana responded:
"I hate...yeah...admitting it but it very much is. That's what everyone was telling me. It's hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it's a real thing. I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. I feel like I shouldn't even be talking about my own experience—like I shouldn't even say anything. I don't think I'll ever know how to talk about it and not cry."
It must not be easy to share this with the world, but it's definitely so important to normalize stigmas about mental health. Thank you, Ari!