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10 Famous Latinas Who Have Dealt With Mental Illness

When it comes to their public personas, Latinas in the limelight are often burdened by pressures to appear as perfect as we expect them to be. Still, despite how put-together some might seem, many often struggle internally with the often very dark and ugly battles that come with having a mental illness. 

Here’s a look at 9 famous Latinas who have endured mental illnesses both publically and privately.

1. Frida Kahlo

Kahlo’s work acted as a very sincere reflection of the traumatic events in her life that ultimately inspired the passionate painter to create her works. Channeling the severe emotional and physical pains that she often endured, Kahlo frequently depicted her struggle on canvas. In August 1953, after her right leg was amputated due to gangrene, Kahlo became severely depressed and anxious causing her to rely on and ultimately become dependent on painkillers. In a diary entry written in February of 1954, Kahlo wrote that she had attempted suicide after learning that her husband, Diego Rivera, had cheated on her. “They have given me centuries of torture and at moments I almost lost my reason. I keep on wanting to kill myself. Diego is what keeps me from it, through my vain idea that he would miss me,” Kahlo wrote. “But never in my life have I suffered more.”

2. Isabel Allende

After the death of her daughter Paula in 1992, the Chilean House of Spirits author fell into a deep depression she thought she would never climb out of. Allende once described the pains of coping with her daughter’s death explaining “If you had told me the day before she fell into the coma that such a thing was going to happen, I would have killed myself. If I had known the amount of pain I would have to endure, I would have killed myself because I would have thought I would never be able to survive this thing –and I wouldn’t have wanted to survive, I would have wanted to die before.”

3. Mariah Carey

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In a recent interview with People magazine, Carey opened up about her years-long struggle with bipolar II disorder. After experiencing a highly publicized “breakdown” in 2001, the singer with Afro-Venezuelan roots was hospitalized for “extreme exhaustion” and ultimately diagnosed with the mental health disorder that causes manic and depressive episodes. “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she told People. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”

4. Selena Gomez

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In the summer of 2016, Gomez was in the midst of her Revival tour when she abruptly canceled its last leg. In a statement issued to People magazine, the singer of Mexican descent explained that she had decided to end her tour early in order to seek treatment for anxiety and depression. Last year she talked about her decision to enter treatment in her cover story for Vogue. “Tours are a really lonely place for me,” she told the magazine,” she said. “My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically, I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it—which, I think, was a complete distortion.”

5. Salma Hayek

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Back in 2012, the Mexican actress talked to the now-defunct women’s magazine, Lucky, about how her struggles with acne led to severe depression. “This acne was so bad it sent me into severe, severe depression,” she said. Highlighting how mental disorders can manifest themselves in physical ways and ultimately cause a cycle, Hakek explained how her depression led her to gain weight, a result, she said, worsened her mental state. “The next stage with that sort of depression is food: too little, or too much,” Hayek said. “Guess what I did? I mean, I was fat and broken out, I couldn’t leave the house and I couldn’t pay the rent!”

6. Eva Longoria

Two years after enduring a very public divorce with her now-ex-husband Tony Parker in 2011, Longoria opened up about how she fell into a deep depression after their breakup on “The Dr. Oz Show.” Longoria admitted that she didn’t immediately recognize she was depressed but knew that when friends started to compliment her on her weight loss she knew that there was something wrong. “That’s probably the time I got the most compliments because I was so skinny. I was not eating. I was depressed. I was sad. My diet was coffee. So people kept saying, ‘You look amazing. Divorce agrees with you,’ ” the actress of Mexican parents explained. “And I was like, I don’t feel good. I have no energy.”

7. Gina Rodriguez

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It’s not uncommon for fans of Rodriguez to see the “Jane The Virgin” star get real about life. Still, when she opened up to fans on Instagram last year about her struggle with anxiety many were surprised by her reveal. In an Instagram post that featured the actress smiling for a 10-second portrait, the Puerto Rican actress wrote of how she has learned to cope with the mental illness. “I suffer from anxiety. And watching this clip I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself,” she wrote on Instagram, along with a clip of herself. “I wanted to protect her and tell her it’s ok to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail. I like watching this video. It makes me uncomfortable but there is a freedom I feel maybe even an acceptance. This is me. Puro Gina.”

8. Camila Mendes

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Last year in October, the “Riverdale” star got real about her decision to seek therapy after years of struggling with an eating disorder and straining to adjust to her new life in the limelight. “I can say from experience that eating disorders are a serious mental disorder,” Mendes wrote in an Instagram post. “Growing up, I watched my big sister suffer from one for many years, and I’ve experienced periods of my life when I’ve suffered symptoms as well.”

9. Jennifer Lopez

Lopez opened up about her struggle to keep up with her mental health back in 2014 when she published her tell-all book True Love. The Puerto Rican actress shared how severe anxiety had affected her life back in 2002. At the time, the Puerto Rican artist was sleeping less than 5 hours each night and working for weeks without a day off while balancing her work on the movie “Enough” and recording a new album. “I had worked maybe 55 days in a row without a day off and shooting on a film, and I just one day was walking towards the set and  every time I walked towards the set my heart would start beating and I would start getting frightened.” After feeling as if she was unable to move and her vision began to blur, Lopez explained that she immediately went to a hospital where a physician told her that her work had taken a toll on both her body and mind.  “The truth is, I wasn’t taking care of myself at all. I wasn’t loving myself at all. All I was thinking about was pleasing everyone else and showing everybody else that I could do all these things and that I was fine… I have to take care of myself first before I can take care of anyone else.”

10. Demi Lovato

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Lovato has been vocal about her struggles with bipolar disorder, addiction, anorexia, bulimia and self-harm for years now. In 2010 it was revealed that the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer sought help for her mental illnesses and entered a treatment facility. Two years later 2012, the Mexican musician talked candidly about her path to recovery in the MTV documentary “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong.” In a 2017 Youtube documentary about her sobriety, the singer admitted to being under the influence of cocaine while being interviewed for her documentary with MTV saying “I wasn’t working my program. I wasn’t ready to get sober. I was sneaking it on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night. Nobody knew.”


Read: Mariah Carey Is Using Her Voice To Talk About Her Experience With Bipolar Disorder And Stigmas Attached to Mental Illness

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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A Group Of Primarily Female Mexican Scientists Discovered A Potential Cure For HPV

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A Group Of Primarily Female Mexican Scientists Discovered A Potential Cure For HPV

“If you’re having sex, you’ll likely contract HPV at some point in your life.” That is how one gynecologist explained the sexually transmitted diseases to me, which completely freaked me out. Even though human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus contracted through sexual intercourse, it doesn’t make it less scary when you realize that it’s related to 150 viruses and can lead to cancer for both men and women. While there are vaccines available to prevent the spread of HPV to a broader age group than in previous years, we are finally closer to finding a cure.

A group of primarily female Mexican scientists at the National Polytechnic Institute cured their patients of HPV.

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The team of researchers, led by Dr. Eva Ramos Gallegos (pictured above), treated 420 patients from Veracruz and Oaxaca, and 29 from Mexico City. They used “photodynamic therapy” which “is a treatment that involves using a drug, called a photosensitizer or photosensitizing agent, and a particular type of light to treat different areas of the body” according to their report.

The doctors found extraordinary results through their method of treatment that led to cure 100 percent of the people that had HPV. They also cured 64.3 percent of people infected with HPV that had cancerous cells, and 57.2 percent of people that had cancerous cells without the HPV virus. That last result could mean that a cure for cancer is not far behind.

“Unlike other treatments, it only eliminates damaged cells and does not affect healthy structures. Therefore, it has great potential to decrease the death rate from cervical cancer,” Dr. Gallegos told Radio Guama.

People on social media ecstatically hailed the finding by the Mexicana researchers.

We highly doubt President Trump will ever mention this achievement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has yet to comment on this remarkable finding.

While there’s more testing that will inevitably take place, we will have to wait and see how long it takes for other researchers and scientists to catch on to their method of treatment.

The fact that a woman-led team discovered this cure is something we should all be applauding.

Hopefully, their research will get more funding so they can further test patients and help educate others about their process.

According to the CDC,  79 million Americans, primarily teens and people in the early 20s, are infected with HPV. In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like genital warts and cancer. The way to prevent contracting HPV is by getting the vaccine — available for males and females — and by using condoms. However, you can still contract HPV because HPV can infect areas not covered by a condom – so condoms may not adequately protect against getting HPV.

READ: Here Are A Handful Of Reasons Why We Need To Talk To Latinx Kids About S-E-X

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