Alanis Morissette told Oprah during an exclusive taping of “Super Soul Sunday” that her early stages of fame caused her to have PTSD.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that is triggered by witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event. Most PTSD victims have encountered near death experiences, sexual violation, or have sustained a serious injury.
The Canadian musician rose to stardom in 1995, following the album release of “Jagged Little Pill,” which transformed her into one of rock’s leading female vocalists of the 1990s.
She soon began to tour the world, while appealing to young female listeners who took a liking to her unique voice.
Morissette was reportedly forced into a hiatus, following her busy performance schedule, because of her deteriorating physical and mental health.
Oprah asked the singer during the interview: “You use the term PTSD, what do you really mean by that?”
Morissette then replied, “Traumatized because I think that on some level, becoming famous, or wanting fame, there’s some trauma.”
The “Ironic” vocalist then said that fame wasn’t what she expected it to be.
“The traumatized person, in this case, me, gets traumatized by [the] thing I thought would be the balm. I thought that everything would be helped and soothed and healed by fame,” she confessed.
Morissette said that the fame was supposed to heal her internally, but instead gave her PTSD.