Selena Gomez Shares Psychological Well being Journey in “My Thoughts & Me”

Apple TV+’s “Selena Gomez: My Thoughts & Me” is all about getting viewers to rethink how they consider psychological well being. The brand new documentary follows the kid star’s journey by means of her bipolar analysis, exhibiting what it appears wish to reside with the situation. The movie’s construction and tone match what it is like dwelling with melancholy, an expertise movie director Alek Keshishian shares together with his topic. “You’ve got your up days, you have got your darkish days, you have got moments of revelation, after which you have got moments the place all appears to break down,” Keshishian tells “It was a really troublesome story to inform as a result of I had 200 hours of movie. So there have been actually, in all probability, 6,000 completely different motion pictures I might have produced from that. And, for me, my process was to have the ability to present the bigger journey, however even inside it, to be very cautious: you could not go too darkish and keep within the darkness for too lengthy as a result of it might turn into inconceivable for folks to then see the sunshine.”

“Bipolar dysfunction is one thing that has been stigmatized, and there’ve been big misconceptions the place folks assume that bipolar dysfunction is the place somebody’s comfortable then offended. And that is fully false.”

With “My Thoughts & Me,” Keshishian explores a number of sides of Gomez’s life, exhibiting her studying devastating passages from her journals, discovering peace in visiting childhood associates from Texas, and searching just like the world-famous pop star she is. That juxtaposition is vital to trauma therapist Adriana Alejandre, LMFT, founding father of Latinx Therapy. “Bipolar dysfunction is one thing that has been stigmatized, and there’ve been big misconceptions the place folks assume that bipolar dysfunction is the place somebody’s comfortable then offended. And that is fully false,” she shares. “For [Selena Gomez] to offer schooling as to what it truly is, and what it’s wish to reside with it, and nonetheless even have that duality of being profitable, could be very inspiring. And the explanation why it is so vital for the Latina/Latinx group is as a result of there’s a number of cultural stigmas that exist about psychological well being and remedy and he or she talks about each.”

“[The film is] not all comfortable endings, it would not fake that all of a sudden someday you get up and all the pieces’s good,” declares Keshishian, though hope is a central tenet of the movie, even because it’s cautious to indicate the sophisticated nature of actuality too. The director describes “My Thoughts & Me” as a part of an effort to “assist others to have the ability to see the story of a lady who comes out from the depths and learns methods to discover [the] mild once more.”


Recognized for his acclaimed “Madonna: Truth or Dare” documentary, director Keshishian met Gomez in 2015 when he shot her “Arms to Myself” music video. He initially started filming the younger star in 2016 to seize the behind-the-scenes of her Revival tour earlier than they mutually determined the timing wasn’t proper. He got here again as Gomez was planning a visit to Kenya in assist of a trigger she actually believed in. “I believed, there is a actually fascinating story now about this younger girl who had simply come out of the psychological well being hospital. And she or he had this new analysis. And it was like she was studying methods to reside once more. However she was additionally nonetheless in restoration. And but, she actually needed to assist others.”

The movie follows Gomez as she explores her concept of constant the psychological well being schooling that pre-schoolers get round emotion identification. “Emotions solely get extra sophisticated and it will get more durable to navigate,” she states within the movie. “Why would I not proceed to speak about that?” It looks as if a transparent good, however Gomez falters, not sure if she’s certified, after which additional stalls when the charity WE, she partnered with will get hit with a scandal. Nonetheless, she perseveres, ultimately creating the Rare Impact Fund to construct and assist the curriculum she wanted rising up.

For her half, Alejandre, LMFT helps the concept of Gomez’s curriculum. “That feeling identification is so vital. I work with lots of people which are unable to establish their feelings,” she shares. “A whole lot of occasions, particularly inside our group, as a consequence of intergenerational traumas and simply being in survival mode up to now and within the current, it prohibits us from studying these expertise.”

The opposite factor that seems to actually assist Gomez is specializing in one-to-one human connection. She’s at her greatest when speaking to college students in Kenya and visiting household and associates again in Texas. In these scenes, she seems relaxed and charming, the charisma that made her a star shining brighter by means of her informal garments than it does after the assorted glam periods we watch her undertake as a part of her job.

“The toughest a part of melancholy and nervousness is you are likely to additional isolate your self. And but, we all know that human connection is absolutely robust medication.”

“The toughest a part of melancholy and nervousness is you are likely to additional isolate your self. And but, we all know that human connection is absolutely robust medication,” says Keshishian when requested in regards to the significance of exhibiting these moments within the movie. And therapist Alejandre agrees, “If somebody is struggling, it is vital to speak with somebody even when we do not know the individual on the opposite finish, it is okay. Getting it out verbally issues.”


After all, ideally, we might every have a group of assist, together with skilled therapists. In making “My Thoughts & Me,” Keshishian labored with Gomez to indicate what her psychological well being points appear to be to assist others title it for themselves. “To sense it and really feel it possibly would give audiences an opportunity to establish sure issues in themselves . . . by exhibiting her at a few of these levels, may present info to others to have the ability to search remedy, and to have the ability to, to make use of the data to proceed their curiosity to get extra info.”

“Selena Gomez is offering by means of her storytelling [a way] to debunk these myths and to permit folks the avenues to share their very own tales as nicely about psychological well being,” says Alejandre, LMFT. In her follow, Alejandre usually sees different second and third-generation Latinxs carry the guilt that echoes Gomez’s. They really feel the necessity to present gratitude irrespective of the storm they’re harboring inside due to all of the sacrifices their households have made for them. However there’s additionally hope that Gomez and her technology are pushing again on the cultural components which have made Latinas the group with the highest suicide ideation.

“The youthful technology is so highly effective in breaking down all of those cycles which have been handed on,” Alejandre says “I am actually seeing that a number of the youthful technology is being extra open about their psychological well being and speaking about it, and asking for remedy from their mother and father . . . And so we’re seeing a rise of requests for companies in sure areas from the Latino inhabitants, which is absolutely great.”

After all, boundaries nonetheless stay, together with the issue for these of us with fewer sources than Selena Gomez to search out and entry companies. However work is being accomplished there too — that is why Alejandre created Latinx Remedy and why Gomez retains talking out and fundraising for psychological well being. “When lots of people hear Selena Gomez speak about her journey, it feels very therapeutic for lots of parents, as a result of they’ll relate,” explains Alejandre, LMFT, “Therapeutic does require that connection.”

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