Ariana Grande shares brain scan showing PTSD impact from Manchester Arena bombing

Ariana Grande was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the Manchester Arena attack in 2017. Since then the singer has been open and honest about her mental health to her millions of followers.

A recent photo, which she shared on Instagram Stories, shows the clear impact that her PTSD has had on her brain.

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The Instagram Story post showed three brain scan images. The first two offered up a comparison between a "healthy brain" and a "PTSD brain".

The third showed a scan of Grande's brain. Her brain is clearly more aligned with the PTSD image she posted.

She describes the image as "hilarious and terrifying" before adding, "not a joke".

She was diagnosed with PTSD a few months after a man walked into the Manchester Arena and detonated a bomb which killed 22 people and injured many more.

Signs and symptoms of PTSD

PTSD presents itself in many different ways. Some people will suffer a period of symptom remission, whereas others will unrelenting symptoms.

According to the NHS, signs include:

  • Flashbacks and nightmares
  • Repetitive and distressing images or sensations
  • Physical sensations such as pain, sweating, feeling sick or trembling
  • Feeling 'on edge'
  • Avoidance

Other mental health problems can arise as a result of PTSD.

In an interview with Vogue, Grande spoke about her longer-term experience with anxiety saying her "anxiety has anxiety".

She went on to say, "I've always had anxiety. I've never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it's ever been."

Her huge fanbase often speaks out about how proud of her they are for being so open about her mental health.

One fan wrote on Instagram: "Your strength gives us strength."

Another wrote: "You're so strong and you keep a lot of other people from giving up as well."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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