“Stay optimistic, don’t succumb to how you feel in the moment.”
Dealing with a chronic illness is so tough in so many ways, but many people often don’t realize the toll it can take on someone’s emotional and mental health. When Selena Gomez cancelled the rest of her Revival tour to focus on her mental well-being, she made it very clear that her lupus has many effects that aren’t physical. She noted that anxiety and depression are side effects of having the condition, and she also made it clear that she needs and deserves time to properly deal with those effects. Selena is right, and her friend Michael B. Jordan is here to back her up.
Refinery 29 reports Michael spoke up about Selena taking time off to care for her mental well-being, saying it’s a totally necessary step. Michael knows because he witnessed his mother, who also has lupus, go through the same thing.
“Everybody comes to terms with it in their own time, and she’s finally taking the time to deal with it and address it,” Michael said to Entertainment Tonight. “My advice would be: Stay optimistic, don’t succumb to how you feel in the moment — because it will pass and get better — and surround yourself with positive people.”
After Selena talked about the mental health impacts of having a chronic disease, Teen Vogueasked author and patient advocate Ashley Boynes-Shuck what the connection between the two is. Ashley, who goes by Arthritis Ashley online, told us being diagnosed with an incurable illness can absolutely impact someone’s mental well-being.
“The emotional components of rheumatic diseases such as lupus are vast and varied. Recent studies have shown that patients with diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, which is similar in nature to lupus, often deal with decreased cognitive function as well as being predisposed to extreme mood disorders,” Ashley says. “Studies also show a link between these types of disorders and serotonin deficiency, which can be associated with depression. It is difficult for anyone to cope with an incurable lifelong illness, but I would imagine that it would be even more difficult to do while being in the spotlight.”
Michael backed that up when he was talking to Entertainment Tonight.
“Just coming to terms with the fact that she’s not healthy, and there’s no cure for it, is really hard,” Michael said. “So you have to be extremely optimistic about finding a cure.”
Michael suggested Selena surround herself with supportive people. It sounds like he’s the best person she could be around.