The singer, 35, suffered from the mental health condition during her Witness tour following the poor critical and commercial reception of her fifth studio album in 2017.
Reflecting on using medication to overcome her some of her issues, the pregnant musician, who is awaiting the arrival of her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom, said in a new interview: ‘It was like I sprained my brain and I needed crutches.’
‘I had to go on a journey after hitting rock bottom’: Pregnant Katy Perry has revealed she once feared she ‘wouldn’t live to see 2018’ after hitting rock bottom following her depression battle
The media personality has been in therapy since she was 25, but her most-recent encounter with depression was more difficult than anything she’d previously experienced.
She told the Sunday Times: ‘I got very clinically depressed. I had always been able to skirt the issue. I was on something that my psychologist at the time recommended. It changes the chemistry of your mind. Sometimes people need a pharmaceutical crutch.
‘You are never going to change someone as much as you want to change them. I had to make the choice [to change myself] after hitting rock bottom. I had no choice but to go on this emotional, spiritual, psychological journey or I probably wouldn’t live to see 2018… I tried medication and that was really intense.
‘I got very clinically depressed’: The singer, 35, suffered from the mental health condition during her Witness tour (pictured in UK in June 2018)
‘I’ve been through the journey, now I’m just enjoying the ride’: The pregnant musician is awaiting the arrival of her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
While it is normal to feel down from time to time, people with depression may feel persistently unhappy for weeks or months on end.
Depression can affect anyone at any age and is fairly common – approximately one in ten people are likely to experience it at some point in their life.
Depression is a genuine health condition which people cannot just ignore or ‘snap out of it’.
Symptoms and effects vary, but can include constantly feeling upset or hopeless, or losing interest in things you used to enjoy.
It can also cause physical symptoms such as problems sleeping, tiredness, having a low appetite or sex drive, and even feeling physical pain.
In extreme cases it can lead to suicidal thoughts.
Traumatic events can trigger it, and people with a family history may be more at risk.
It is important to see a doctor if you think you or someone you know has depression, as it can be managed with lifestyle changes, therapy or medication.
Source: NHS Choices
‘I’ve been through the journey, now I’m just enjoying the ride. I’m [no longer] a thirsty, desperate pop star that has to reach certain numbers in order to feel worthy. The overall definition of this record [her new album Smile] is getting my smile back.’
Katy is no longer on medication, and is a fan of meditation and the Hoffman Process, which is billed as an effective treatment for depression, anger and anxiety and releasing negative emotions by using Freudian analysis.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Firework hitmaker and actor Orlando, 43, have pushed their wedding back for a second time.
In a new interview, the artist admitted the couple are focusing on ‘delivering a healthy child’ as they prepare to welcome their daughter into the world next month.
Plans up in the air: Earlier this month, it was reported that the Firework hitmaker and actor Orlando, 43, have pushed their wedding back for a second time (pictured last year)
They were rumoured to have originally planned to tie the knot last winter, before postponing the ceremony – allegedly set to take place in Japan – to this summer.
Katy told The Mirror: ‘You can’t plan anymore in 2020 because those plans are always cancelled.
‘We just want to deliver a healthy child. Everyone has to take life one week at a time right now.’
She echoed her comments in a recent interview with Howard Stern, detailing: ‘Obviously, that will happen in the future, but for now we just want to deliver a healthy child. And that’s what’s coming up right now!’
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