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Selena Gomez to take career break to cope with panic attacks, depression

'I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off,' she said. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Texas, United States Aug 30, 2016, 10.09 PM (IST)
Pop singer Selena Gomez said she was taking a breather to cope with her panic attacks and depression. 

The 24-year-old suffers from lupus-- an autoimmune disease in which the human immune system becomes hyper active and damages the various parts of the body. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, the disease affects some 1.5 million Americans. 

"I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges," Gomez said in a statement in the midst of her Revival world tour.  

"I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off ... I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best," she said.

She did not say when she will start the break. 

Gomez, who found fame as a teenager through the 2007-12 Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverly Place," also canceled half of her "Stars Dance" tour in 2014 when she was initially diagnosed with lupus.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
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