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Joining the ranks of celebs who are putting the spotlight on mental health issues—like Kristen Stewart, Kristen Bell, and Demi Lovato, for some (inspiring) recent examples—is pop star Lady Gaga.

In a recent interview with Mirror UK, the singer opened up about her own struggles with depression and how her rise to fame was detrimental to her mental health.

“When my career took off, I don’t remember anything at all,” she admits. “It’s like I’m traumatized. I needed time to recalibrate my soul.”

Gaga hasn’t released any music since 2013, as she reveals that she was suffering from a period of crippling depression that left her “exhausted—like I was dying,” she says. Because of that, she took some much needed time off to deal with her mental health. “I needed a moment to stabilize,” says Gaga.

As the singer gears up to release a new album, she notes that she’s feeling good and is proud to be talking about her struggles publicly. “I take medication,” she says. “I’m not saying I feel good because of the medication—I wouldn’t encourage young people to take antidepressants or mood stabilizers.”

But she adds, “I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ And ‘fess up to it.” And cheers to Gaga for keeping it real. (The next round of probiotic-rich drinks are on us.)

Feeling blue? Try these at-home acupressure moves designed to treat depression. And for anxiety, here’s Gabrielle Bernstein’s 10-minute hack for shaking it off.