Ariana Grande shares her brain scan to show her 'terrifying' levels of PTSD

Ariana Grande is opening up about her mental health.

In her Instagram Story on Thursday, the 25-year-old "Thank U, Next" singer shared a scan of her brain that shows her levels of PTSD. Though it's unclear when and in what context the scans were taken, many are attributing them to an after effect of the Manchester bombing in 2017 where more than 20 people died following Grande's concert.

The post showed side-by-side scans of two brains, one that's healthy and one that suffers from PTSD. The affected brain had highlighted regions that the healthy brain did not. Next, Grande shared an image of her brain, which had many more highlighted areas than both the healthy and PTSD examples she gave.

Grande called the scans "hilarious and terrifying," but cautioned that the post was "not a joke."

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In a July interview with ELLE, Grande opened up about how she coped after the Manchester bombing.

"When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe," she said. “I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere. 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."

Just a month later, in an interview with Beats 1’s Ebro Darden, Grande discussed how people become "permanently affected" by attacks like Manchester.

"We see this s**t on the news. [And] you feel bad, you tweet [about] it, you post a picture, you send your condolences, you say something and then you move on," she said. "[But] people are permanently affected by this sh*t."

"Mental health is so important. People don’t pay enough mind to it because we have things to do," she added. "We have schedules, jobs, kids, places to be, pressures to fit in, Instagram Stories -- whatever the f**k, facade you’re trying to put on, trying to keep up. People don’t pay attention to what’s happening inside."

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ariana Grande performs on stage with The Children's Choir during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Justin Bieber performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: NO SALES, free for editorial use. In this handout provided by 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert Ariana Grande performs on stage on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. Donate at www.redcross.org.uk/love (Photo by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Little Mix perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ariana Grande performs on stage with The Children's Choir during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: NO SALES, free for editorial use. In this handout provided by 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert (L) Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus perform on stage on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. Donate at www.redcross.org.uk/love (Photo by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Katy Perry performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ariana Grande performs during the 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ariana Grande performs on stage with apl.de.ap (L) will.i.am (2nd L) and Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Miley Cyrus (R) and Pharrell Williams perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Niall Horan performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: NO SALES, free for editorial use. In this handout provided by 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert Robbie Williams performs on stage on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. Donate at www.redcross.org.uk/love (Photo by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: NO SALES, free for editorial use. General view of the crowd in this handout provided by 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. Donate at www.redcross.org.uk/love (Photo by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Miley Cyrus performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: NO SALES, free for editorial use. General view of the crowd in this handout provided by 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. Donate at www.redcross.org.uk/love (Photo by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)
Women arrive at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground ahead of the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester on June 4, 2017. Nearly two weeks after a deadly suicide bombing at her concert in Manchester, US star Ariana Grande is planning to press ahead with a charity gig later on June 4, despite a terror attack on the streets of London. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony Devlin (Photo credit should read ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: NO SALES, free for editorial use. In this handout provided by 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert Ariana Grande performs on stage on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. Donate at www.redcross.org.uk/love (Photo by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)
A music fan hugs a police officer as fans leave Old Trafford Cricket Ground following the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the families of the victims of the May 22, Manchester terror attack, in Greater Manchester on June 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony Devlin (Photo credit should read ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ariana Grande performs during the 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: NO SALES, free for editorial use. In this handout provided by 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert (L) Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande perform on stage on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. Donate at www.redcross.org.uk/love (Photo by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Pharrell Williams (L) and Marcus Mumford perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Justin Bieber performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Scooter Braun (C) speaks on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Imogen Heap performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Miley Cyrus (R) and Pharrell Williams perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Jesy Nelson (L) and Perrie Edwards of Little Mix perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Mac Miller performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Justin Bieber performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Justin Bieber performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Miley Cyrus performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during the One Love Manchester concert at Old Trafford Cricket Club on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew McNulty/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Liam Gallagher (L) and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ariana Grande (R) and Miley Cyrus perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Mac Miller (L) and Ariana Grande perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ariana Grande (L) and Miley Cyrus perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ariana Grande (L) and dancer on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ariana Grande and Chris Martin perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ariana Grande (R) and Miley Cyrus perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ariana Grande performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
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