Selena Gomez Says Bipolar Disorder Meds May Prevent Her From Having Children

Selena Gomez is being honest about her desire to have children one day. In an interview with Rolling Stone for the magazine’s latest cover story, the singer, who is 30 years old, talked about how she would like to have children one day and why that could be hard.

Selena Gomez told the outlet that she had once gone to see a friend who was trying to have a baby. After they spent time together, she remembered crying in her car and thinking about how the two medications she takes for her bipolar disorder will probably make it so she can never have children of her own.

“That’s a very, very big, very present thing in my life,” Gomez told the outlet, adding that she still hopes to become a mother in the years to come through other means.  “However I’m meant to have them, I will,” she added on the prospect of having children.

A doctor-reviewed article on WebMD says that medications for bipolar disorder can cause birth problems like neural tube defects, heart defects, developmental delay, or neurobehavioral issues. But some doctors say that you should stay on these medicines until you give birth because bipolar symptoms can get worse during pregnancy.

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In another part of the interview, Gomez talked about a psychotic episode she had in 2018. She said that she doesn’t remember much from that time, but that she went to treatment for a few months because she was paranoid and had trouble trusting people. RS says that at the time, the “Rare” singer’s friends had trouble recognizing her and her mother found out about the whole thing from TMZ.

Gomez said that psychosis can last for a long time and that she was slowly “walking out of psychosis” before she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and put on several medications while doctors tried to find the right mix.

Her condition got better over time, but the drugs made her feel “gone,” as she put it, until a different psychiatrist took her off all but two of them. “He really guided me,” she told RS. “But I had to detox, essentially, from the medications I was on. I had to learn how to remember certain words. I would forget where I was when we were talking. It took a lot of hard work for me to (a) accept that I was bipolar, but (b) learn how to deal with it because it wasn’t going to go away.”

Gomez has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression for a long time. She told Miley Cyrus‘ Instagram Live show Bright Minded in April 2020 that she was bipolar.

“Recently I went to one of the best mental hospitals in America, McLean Hospital, and I discussed that, after years of going through a lot of different things, I realised that I was bipolar,” she said at the time. “And so when I go to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it… I wanted to know everything about it, and it took the fear away.”

Gomez told The Kelly Clarkson Show host Kelly Clarkson more about her trip to the McLean Hospital in Massachusetts on Wednesday’s show. “It’s one of the best hospitals for — they’re kind of covering everything in the mental health space. So, I was able to say my diagnosis out loud for the first time,” she recalled. “And it gave me such strength, and — it wasn’t easy.”

The National Institute of Mental Health says that bipolar disorder is a mental illness that “causes unusual changes in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to do day-to-day tasks.”

In the new documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me, she will talk openly about her successes and failures with mental health. “I have a very healthy relationship with my therapist, so let’s start there,” she began. “I’m doing things with my Rare Impact Fund. I’m having these conversations, I’m meeting people.”

Continued Gomez, “I went to the White House for the mental-health summit and … I’m wanting to be as proactive as I can.” Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me starts on Apple TV+ on Friday.

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