“I feel like something bad is about to happen if I don’t keep thinking about it.”
Just when we thought Camila Cabello couldn’t get any more relatable, the “Never Be The Same” singer gives an interview that fans can’t stop thanking her for.
Camila is always open and honest with fans about what’s going on in her life. From her childhood in Cuba to why she felt she needed to leave Fifth Harmony, Camila shares with her fans like we’re all in a massive 19.1 million person group chat.
In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan UK, Camila opened up about her struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder. In case you aren’t familiar with that term, the National Institute of Mental Health defines it as, “a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.” So basically, it makes you completely obsess over one little thing over and over for pretty much no reason. It can look like anything from being unable to shake a certain thought to having to scratch both sides of your head exactly 42 times. Sounds pretty frustrating, right?
“Everybody has different ways of handling stress. And, for me, if I get really stressed about something, I’ll start to have the same thought over and over again, and no matter how many times I get to the resolution, I feel like something bad is about to happen if I don’t keep thinking about it,” Camila opens up.
But for Camila, she didn’t quite understand at first why she was having those thoughts over and over, which probably just made the whole thing even more frustrating for her. It wasn’t until she saw a doctor and was diagnosed that she was able to understand and control it more. “When I found out, and [learned] how to step back from it, it made me feel so much better. I feel so much more in control of it now,” she shares.
Staying as cool, calm, and collected as Camila does when she’s constantly traveling, performing, writing, giving interviews, etc., is no easy task, so Camila relies on her mom to help her acknowledge when an obsessive thought is an OCD flare-up or not. “I’ll ask my mom a question for the fourth time and she’ll be like, ‘That’s OCD. You’ve got to let it go,’” she reveals.
Once again, Camila has proven that she’s the role model we all need but don’t deserve. Thanks, Camila!
If you want more information on obsessive-compulsive disorder, visit https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml