Lady Gaga reveals she’s on anti-psychotic medication as she ‘can’t control what her brain does’ and has ‘mental issues’

LADY Gaga has revealed she’s on anti-psychotic medication because she “can’t always control what her brain does”. 

The singer takes olanzapine, a drug primarily used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar, after being “repeatedly raped” aged 19. 

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station, Lady Gaga said: “I wrote a song on Chromatica called 911, and it’s about an anti-psychotic that I take and it’s because I can’t always control things that my brain does and I have to take medication to stop the process that occurs.”

She added: “I know I have mental issues and I know that they can sometimes render me non-functional as a human.”

What is olanzapine?

Olanzipine is a second-generation anti-psychotic used by Lady Gaga.

  • The drug is used to treat schizophrenia and moderate to severe manic episodes
  • Side-effects include unusual movements of the face or tongue, weight gain, high blood sugar and high levels of fat
  • Very rarely it causes fever, faster breathing, sweating, muscle stiffness and drowsiness.
  • Second generation anti-psychotics cause fewer side-effects than older, first generation drugs

Gaga talked about suffering extreme trauma as a teenager when she was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for Elle magazine last year. 

“I was raped when I was 19-years-old, repeatedly. I have PTSD. I have chronic pain. Neuropathic pain trauma response is a weekly part of my life. I’m on medication; I have several doctors,” she said. 


“I had a psychotic break at one point, and it was one of the worst things that’s ever happened to me. I was brought to the ER to urgent care and they brought in the doctor, a psychiatrist. 

“So I’m just screaming, and I said, “Could somebody bring me a real doctor?” And I didn’t understand what was going on, because my whole body went numb; I fully dissociated. I was screaming, and then he calmed me down and gave me medication for when that happens—olanzapine.”

“It helped me that day, and that man [her psychiatrist] and all my friends, they saved my life.”

Gaga opened up about her medication during the radio interview today after worrying about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on medical staff working through it. 


“It’s proven to be challenging to me – when this supervirus happened, I didn't want to put this album out,” she said. 

“I was like: how can we do something more specific to help the world? How can I use my humanity to focus on something that I believe to be infinitely more important than what I've been through? Which is what the medical community has done. 

“It made me think about the helpers of the world and how their mental states are and how they don’t necessarily have the help that they need. When this is all ‘over’ whatever that means and things get ‘better’ whatever that means, who will be there to support them? 

“I don’t lack self awareness and I do understand I’m not the only human on the planet that suffers and I think I have it pretty f****** good and I’m grateful for what I have.”

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