Selena Gomez is seeking treatment after suffering an emotional crisis while in the hospital, as confirmed by a source to PEOPLE
The singer of "Wolves", of 26 years, was hospitalized twice in the last weeks, in both occasions by a low white blood cell count, which can be a secondary effect for the patients with kidney transplant.
During his second visit, Gómez suffered a panic attack. "She has had a few difficult weeks and the panic attack in the hospital was the turning point," says a source at PEOPLE.
"He realized that he needed to seek additional help for his ongoing emotional problems. She is surrounded by close relatives and has a lot of support. She is better now and is looking for treatment on the East Coast. "
The news, which was first reported by TMZ, came a few weeks after Gomez announced that he is taking a break from social networks.
"As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives to each one of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my present life at the moment they gave me." Kindness and encouragement just for a moment! Just remember: negative comments can hurt anyone's feelings. Obvi, "added Gomez.
During the same time last year, Gomez surprised fans by revealing that, due to the complications of lupus, he had received a kidney transplant from his best friend, France Raisa, during the summer.
Gómez and Raisa, 30, spoke about the process during an interview with Today in October of 2017. "My kidneys are over," Gomez told Savannah Guthrie. "That was it, and I did not want to ask just one person in my life."
"The idea of asking someone to do that was very difficult for me. She volunteered and did it. And not to mention someone who wants to volunteer, it's incredibly hard to find a partner. The fact that she was a couple, I mean it's amazing. That is not real, "continued Gómez.
Raisa was sharing a house with Gomez when she realized how weak her friend was becoming.
"One day she came home and I was excited. I had not asked anything. I knew that she had not felt well ", the Grown-ish said the actress. "She could not open a bottle of water one day, she threw it and started crying, and I said:" What's wrong? "And that's when she told me. I do not know what to do. The list is seven to ten years. "
Raisa continued, "He just threw up from me: I was like," Of course I'll do a test. "
Raisa explained that because they were in an "emergency situation", she completed her tests in one day, a process that usually takes about six months.
The recovery process was hard. The women could not do anything, from putting on their underwear to taking a shower, without help. Gomez also said that they were in bed rest and were only allowed to walk an hour each day.
Raisa said that the experience brought them closer. "I am more than grateful that God entrusts to me something that not only saved a life, but also changed mine in the process," he said.
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Gomez has been open about his battle with lupus for several years, and revealed for the first time in 2015 that he had undergone chemotherapy to treat the disease. Lupus causes the immune system to attack its own organs and tissues and can affect the entire body.
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, about half of all cases of systemic lupus involve an important organ such as the heart, lungs, kidneys or brain. In some cases, the disease can take years to be properly diagnosed and treated.