Selena Gomez back in mental health facility

Cape Town - Singer and actress Selena Gomez is seeking help to deal with her ongoing anxiety and depression.

The Back to You singer was admitted to hospital twice in the past few weeks due to a low white blood-cell count, a common side-effect for people who’ve had a kidney transplant, TMZ reports.

A family member rushed her to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles where she received medical treatment and was despondent and emotional throughout, E! News reports.

During the In Dubious Battle star’s most recent visit to the hospital late last week, she had a panic attack, prompting her to take action and book herself into a facility in the American East Coast, a source told People magazine.

“She’s had a tough few weeks and the panic attack in the hospital was the tipping point,” the source claims.

“She realised she needed to seek additional help for her ongoing emotional issues. She’s surrounded by close family and has a lot of support. She’s doing better now and is seeking treatment on the East Coast.”

Selena will be receiving dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), TMZ further reports. DBT is a cognitive behavioural treatment used to give patients skills to manage painful experiences, according to Psychology Today.

This comes just weeks after the songstress announced she’d be taking a break from social media.

In an Instagram post she wrote: “As much as I’m grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I’m equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I’ve been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit!”

“Just remember, negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi,” she added.

Selena previously booked herself into a Tennessee facility in 2016 after she also suffered anxiety and depression during her Revival tour, Teen Vogue reports.

Sources: E! News, Psychology Today, People, TMZ, Teen Vogue