Lady Gaga: 'I struggle with mental illness every day"

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Singer Lady Gaga attends The Fashion Awards 2016 on December 5, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Singer Lady Gaga attends The Fashion Awards 2016 on December 5, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

During a recent interview with the "Today" show, Lady Gaga revealed that she suffers from PTSD.

The 30-year-old "Just Dance" singer made the announcement during a visit to the Ali Forney Center, a homeless shelter for LGBT youth in New York City.

"I told the kids today, 'I suffer from PTSD.' I've never told anyone that before. So, here we are. But, the kindness that's been shown to me by doctors as well as my family and my friends -- it's really saved my life," she said.

Gaga, who brought clothes and gifts to the shelter, said volunteering is a part of her healing process.

"I've been searching for ways to help myself, and I found that kindness is the best way," she said. "I love to give things to people that have nothing or less than me."

Gaga sat with the teens, offered encouragement and opened up about her personal experience of sexual assault.

"Meditation helps me to calm down," she said. "I don"t have the same kinds of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness, and I struggle with that mental illness every day. I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed. You are brave. You are courageous."

In 2012, Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, founded the Born This Way Foundation, an organization committed to supporting mental health wellness, empowering young people and encouraging them to spread kindness.

“I am no better than any of those kids. And I'm no worse than any of them. We are equal. We both walk our two feet on the same earth. And we're in this together.” - Lady Gaga #ShareKindness

Posted by Today Show on Monday, December 5, 2016

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