Selena Gomez on How DBT Changed Her Life

Selena Gomez, an Advocate for DBT
Selena Gomez sought treatment for anxiety and depression after she had a kidney transplant as a result of her battle with lupus. Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty

Over the past few years mental health has received more attention in the media, with both everyday people and celebrities sharing about their own mental health challenges, diagnoses, and treatments.

Recently, Selena Gomez opened up about her mental health challenges, the relief she felt after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and her treatment journey. Selena advocates for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), describing how it changed her life. This article from the Today Show describes what DBT is, how it works, and more about Dr. Marsha Linehan who developed the treatment. This article also describes how DBT is centered around a key concept called “radical acceptance” which focuses on dealing with past and present pain, while also believing in and working toward change for the future.

The growing conversation about mental health challenges and related treatments is a huge step forward in decreasing stigma and increasing visibility for different conditions. Articles like this can provide hope to people who might be struggling with complex mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, trauma/PTSD, as well as self-harm and suicidality. If you are in California or the greater Los Angeles area, the Youth and Family Institute provides DBT, CBT and other evidence-based treatments to children, adolescents, families, and adults struggling with these challenges.


What is dialectical behavior therapy? Selena Gomez’s treatment explained” – Published for Today by A. Pawlowski on Oct. 12, 2018.  Read article.


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