Ariana Grande Posts ‘Terrifying’ Brain Scan That Appears to Show PTSD

April 12, 2019 Updated: April 12, 2019

Pop singer Ariana Grande posted a photo of a scan of her brain that appeared to show levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Grande was present during a terrorist bomb attack that took place at one of her concerts in England in 2017.

Posting on Instagram stories, she wrote that it was “hilarious and terrifying.” She included photos of a healthy brain and a brain with PTSD.

“Not a joke,” she added, reported the New York Post.

“It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it’s a real thing,” she told Vogue last year about the incident.

She added: “I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience—like I shouldn’t even say anything. I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry.”

Two years after the terrorist attack on her Manchester concert.

Posted by Daily Mail on Friday, April 12, 2019

“I think a lot of people have anxiety, especially right now. … My anxiety has anxiety… 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,” she said.

After the attack, Grande, 25, told Elle about physical problems she had suffered.

“When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe. I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere,” she told the publication. “I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down.”

Ariana Grande arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 28, 2016. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

In the bombing, 23 people died and more were injured when a suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb in the Manchester Arena.

The bomber was identified as 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi. Reports said he had met with ISIS members in Libya, and at the time, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. “This is just the beginning,” the terrorist group said.


Daniel Amen, a doctor who specializes in brain scans, said Grande’s brain scan showed she had PTSD.

“Trauma can leave a lasting impact in your brain and we can see it with SPECT imaging. And you can treat it with medication or therapy! But without pictures, you’re throwing darts in the dark at people,” Amen told the Daily Mail.

“Most people are just diagnosed on symptoms, and you don’t know what’s really going on in their brain, which makes treatment difficult,” he added. “This gives [Grande’s] doctors a map to work with.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, many “people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.”

It recommends that people seek treatment if PTSD signs appear.