In her Instagram Story on Thursday, the 25-year-old "Thank U, Next" singer shared a scan of her brain that shows her levels of PTSD. Though it's unclear when and in what context the scans were taken, many are attributing them to an after effect of the Manchester bombing in 2017 where more than 20 people died following Grande's concert.
The post showed side-by-side scans of two brains, one that's healthy and one that suffers from PTSD. The affected brain had highlighted regions that the healthy brain did not. Next, Grande shared an image of her brain, which had many more highlighted areas than both the healthy and PTSD examples she gave.
Grande called the scans "hilarious and terrifying," but cautioned that the post was "not a joke."
In a July interview with ELLE, Grande opened up about how she coped after the Manchester bombing.
"When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe," she said. “I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down."
Just a month later, in an interview with Beats 1’s Ebro Darden, Grande discussed how people become "permanently affected" by attacks like Manchester.
"We see this s**t on the news. [And] you feel bad, you tweet [about] it, you post a picture, you send your condolences, you say something and then you move on," she said. "[But] people are permanently affected by this sh*t."
"Mental health is so important. People don’t pay enough mind to it because we have things to do," she added. "We have schedules, jobs, kids, places to be, pressures to fit in, Instagram Stories -- whatever the f**k, facade you’re trying to put on, trying to keep up. People don’t pay attention to what’s happening inside."