Lady Gaga Reveals Her Struggle With PTSD And Shares What's Helped Her Through It

"I've never told anyone that before."

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Lady Gaga took the time to surprise homeless LGBT youth at the Ali Forney Center in New York City. She was accompanied by Today as part of NBC's #ShareKindness campaign. During an interview for the segment, which aired Monday, Gaga revealed that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

"My own trauma in my life has helped me understand the trauma of others," she said. "I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness. I suffer from PTSD. I've never told anyone that before, so here we are."

Lady Gaga was raped when she was 19, but she didn't tell anyone about it for seven years. Last year she co-wrote the song "Til It Happens to You," which brought attention to the issue of campus sexual assault. She performed the song at this year's Oscars, and was joined on stage by fellow survivors.

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Gaga shared with Today that kindness has been the key to healing from her trauma. "The kindness that's been shown to me, by doctors, as well as my family and my friends, has really saved my life. I've been searching for ways to heal myself, and I have found that kindness is the best way."

The star also does her part to pay that kindness forward. "I like to share kindness in a lot of different ways. I love to give things to people that have nothing, or less than me," she said. And that's exactly what Gaga did for the young people she met on her visit — not only through the generous gifts she brought, but also by sharing her story. It's sure to inspire a lot of people experiencing similar struggles.

(H/T: Today)

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