Ariana Grande has had some pretty tough times during the last few years, and unfortunately, it has all played out in the public eye. From the heart-shattering terrorist attack during her Manchester concert to the sudden passing of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, Grande has had to brave the worst kinds of pain. 

The pop singer has gotten real with her fans in the past about how she's dealt with it all, but most recently, she revealed exactly what her trauma looks like in photos. 

Sadly, Ariana Grande still has intense PTSD caused by the Manchester bombing that took place at her concert in 2017.

The Manchester attack happened on May 22, 2017. Twenty-two people were killed in the tragedy and 500 others were injured. Grande revealed on her Instagram just how serious and "terrifying" her PTSD is these days. She ultimately returned to Manchester to host the One Love benefit concert, which raised $3 million and featured different acts like Miley Cyrus and the late Mac Miller. 

For clarity, PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder and occurs after a traumatic event. 

"Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or other violent personal assault," according to the American Psychiatry Association.

"PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as 'shell shock' during the years of World War I and 'combat fatigue' after World War II. But PTSD does not just happen to combat veterans. PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5% of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD." 

"Guys," Grande wrote to her friends in a private message that she publicized on her Instagram Stories.

The photo shows the difference between a regular brain and a brain suffering from PTSD. In her next message, she shared photos of her own brain scans, and the image is pretty shocking. Her brain is actually lit up with even more affected spots than the actual PTSD brain photo. 

"Hilarious and terrifying," she wrote about the photo.

This isn't the first time Grande has opened up about dealing with PTSD. 

"I hate...yeah...admitting it but it very much is," she said about the condition. "That's what everyone was telling me. It's hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it's a real thing. 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."

She has also been hesitantly open about having anxiety in general. 

“It feels so silly because I feel like the luckiest, most blessed girl in the world, so I almost feel guilty that I have [anxiety] because it’s just in your head and it’s just so crazy how powerful it is, no matter how good things are, it can totally change everything,” Grande told Rolling Stone in 2018.

Fans are sending the singer their support and appreciation for her bringing awareness to the issue.

"@ArianaGrande showed the world the scans of her brain highlighting her PTSD and I hope people look at these scans and realize that PTSD can affect anyone. It's in your brain forever and you might get OK at dealing with triggers but that sh** never goes away. Ever," one fan wrote. 

Someone made a small photo collage of Ariana Grande with her friends and family to cheer her up.

"Friendly reminder you’ve got these people who love and support you endlessly @ArianaGrande," the fan wrote. Grande responded by liking the photo on Twitter.

Grande's fans want to make sure she prioritizes self-care above all else right now. 

"@ArianaGrande Instagram story of her brain which shows the severe impact her brain has had because of PTSD. This is so sad and she’s been through so much. Hopefully, she takes it easy on tour. We love you so much @ArianaGrande," a fan shared. 

One fan even shared her own PTSD experience with Ariana Grande.

The fan specifically revealed that she receives medical treatment for the condition. "Hey you @ArianaGrande I have my medical marijuana card for PTSD and I’m [in] Rhode Island so I feel your pain to an extent! Stay up, queen! And you and miss lovely Vitia." 

Another person shared her hopes that Ariana Grande's photos encourage people to take PTSD more seriously.

"Deeply appreciating Ariana Grande’s openness about PTSD," the person tweeted. "It’s an intense disorder with a lot of obscure symptoms and can grow if you have more than one traumatic experience. Perhaps her scans will remind people that making a joke of traumatized people takes a very real toll."

An official who responded to the 2016 shooting in Orlando at the Pulse Nightclub, Jessica Aimee, also tweeted Ariana Grande a few kind words about PTSD and survivor's remorse. 

"Read an article about your PTSD struggles and feeling like you shouldn’t talk about it. 100% relatable. I am so grateful you ARE talking about it. You were there, the trauma you experienced is real and it’s OK to cry and struggle." 

"People will always have opinions on how we should handle things," Aimee continued.

"Just bc you personally didn’t get injured doesn’t mean your pain is irrelevant. I was a dispatcher for the Pulse incident in Orlando and even though I wasn’t there, the trauma is real and I’ll always [carry it with me.]"

She also stressed the importance of talking about PTSD in order to heal.

"I’ll always talk about it if I need to bc it’s part of the healing process," Aimee assured Grande. "I’ve dealt w/ my own critics [and] I’ve learned not to care for other people’s opinions of my pain. So thankful for you and your heart for mental illness & PTSD #breakthestigma." 

Let's all hope that Ariana Grande overcomes the trauma she has experienced!

PTSD is a serious condition and it affects so many people. Let's hope that Grande is taking all of the steps she can to get the proper treatment and that anyone else dealing with the condition will do the same. Mental health matters!