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Selena Gomez is once again in need of professional help.
According to TMZ, the pop star was hospitalized on two occasions over the past two weeks for health concerns related to Lupus.
(Gomez was diagnosed with this autoimmunse disease in 2015; the illness can damage almost any part of the body – including joints, skin and internal organs – because it causes the immune system to be unable to tell the difference between foreign invaders and healthy tissues.)
The first hospital visit took place toward the end of September and was the result of a low white blood cell count in the wake of her kidney transplant last year.
The artist was released after a few days days later …
… but had to be re-admitted last week because her blood cell count remained at a dangerous level – and this development prompted Selena to fall into a downward emotional spiral.
She insisted on leaving nearly as soon as she was under doctors’ care again, only for these same doctors to say she had to stay in the hospital.
TMZ writes that Selena had “a meltdown” and “freaked out.”
She allegedly tried ripping the IV’ out of her arm, with multiple sources referring to the episode as “an emotional breakdown.”
Once she recovered from this state, Gomez agreed to check into an East Coast psychiatric facility, at which she is receiving dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
This is a treatment method designed to identify, and then change, negative thinking and behavioral patterns. She has undergone the same treatment before.
Let’s all pray it works this time.
“She has had a tough few weeks and the panic attack in the hospital was the tipping point,” a source tells People Magazine, confirming the TMZ report and adding:
“She realized she needed to seek additional help for her ongoing emotional issues. She’s surrounded by close family and has a lot of support. She’s doing better now.”
We’re very glad to hear it.
Sadly, however, this incident and everything related to it wasn’t all that hard to see coming.
Just two weeks ago, Gomez took a break from social media, explaining why in a heartfelt video that touched on her battle with depression.
“As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given,” she wrote.
“Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember— negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings.”
In this Instagram Live session, Gomez admitted that she had been dealing with mental health issues for about five years.
She also said she had been “kinda just going through the motions and figuring out who I am and just doing the best I could and then slowly but surely doing that” for about half a decade.
Translation: Gomez is truly unsure about who she is and who she wants to be.
Watch the emotional footage here:
Many folks are naturally wondering whether Justin Bieber’s engagement to Hailey Baldwin is playing a role in Selena’s latest troubles.
The short answer, of course, is that we have no idea.
We’d rather not speculate.
Gomez has entered rehab at various times over the past few years and Lupus is a serious disease that does result in a myriad of physical ailments.
It’s only natural for these physical ailments to eventually take a mental toll, as well.
It’s also only natural for anyone to have a very hard time dealing with a serious ex moving on in such a significant manner.
All we can do right now is wish Selena Gomez the best and hope she has a full recovery.
We’re thinking of you, Sel.
And we love you.
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Last month, Ben Affleck checked into rehab for the third time.
The move followed an intervention from Affleck’s estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, in which she implored the actor to seek treatment for the sake of the former couple’s three children.
While insiders have reported that Affleck was drunk and belligerent during the intervention, he eventually conceded that he was in need of treatment, and when Garner offered to drive him to the facility, he went willingly.
Which is why new reports that Affleck has left treatment and returned to his Beverly Hills home have come as such a surprise to so many who wished the Oscar winner well.
According to Radar Online, Affleck was spotted entering his mansion today looking disheveled and exhausted.
And witnesses say there’s reason to believe he’s already returned to his old ways.
Prior to checking into rehab, Affleck was spending time with Shauna Sexton, a 22-year-old Playboy model whom he was rumored to be dating.
Sexton has made no secret of her penchant for booze and partying, and some have even gone so far as to blame her for Ben’s latest relapse.
Obviously, that’s absurd, as Ben’s a 46-year-old man capable of making his own decisions — but still, many are taking the fact that Sexton visited Affleck shortly after his return home as sure sign that he’s off the wagon.
While reps for the actor confirm that Affleck left treatment, returned home, and received a visit from Sexton, they maintain that there’s no concern, as Ben remains committed to his sobriety.
Apparently, Affleck has reached an agreement with those in charge of his treatment wherein he will be permitted to return home to work out in his own gym.
Sources close to Ben say he will continue to leave the facility on a regular basis but will return promptly after completing his workout.
There are still concerns about his mental state, however, as Radar reports that Ben decided to head home for the first time following a particularly brutal day of treatment.
According to insiders, this was the week that Ben began “intense family therapy sessions” and he’s found the experience almost unbearably intense.
It seems Ben found his “confession sessions” with Jen to be particularly taxing, as he was forced to open up about his affair with Christine Ouzounian, the couple’s nanny, whom Ben allegedly slept with while he and Garner were still married.
“This is the latest sad chapter in Ben’s rehab,” says one source.
“He’s finding the process really painful and this did nothing to help.”
The insider says that Ben expected the session to be grueling but found it far more difficult than he had anticipated.
“He and Jen both wound up in tears after the first session when he opened up about his affair and relationships since his split with Jennifer,” says the insider.
“It opened up a lot of old wounds.”
No word yet on whether Ben has returned to treatment following today’s workout session.
We wish Affleck and his family all the best as he continues down the hard road to recovery.
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