Selena Gomez has decided to make her struggles with Lupus public over the years, letting fans in on the fact that she must take care to manage the symptoms of the chronic illness by occasionally taking time off. Despite her efforts to pull back career-wise and to make her well-being the priority, Selena has decided to take her self-care a step further by entering a rehab facility to help her deal with her mental health.

Selena Gomez

Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that attacks various parts of the body, including skin, joints and organs, can result in anxiety, panic attacks and depression, which is exactly what 24-year-old Selena is struggling with.

That’s why she’s currently checked herself into a “super intense” facility in Tennessee, according to a source who spoke to US Weekly.

Selena Gomez

When Selena first announced her break, she told fans, “You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”

We’re totally behind you, Selena. Take all the time you need and take care of yourself, gal!

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(h/t MTV; photos via Kevin Winter, Frazer Harrison, Frederick M. Brown/Getty)