Mariah Carey a legendary vocalist with accolades ranging from Grammy awards to NAACP Image awards for her on-screen talent has shared a diagnosis with bipolar disorder for the first time.
Featured as a cover story with PEOPLE magazine, Carey shares taht she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001 when she was first hospitalized for a physical and mental breakdown.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 11, 2018
Working in the entertainment industry can be hard on anyone, physically and mentally and Mariah Carey finally reached the point to seek help after a hard couple of years. The star reveals that she previously lived in fear of someone exposing her her diagnosis.
““Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she says. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”
Bipolar disorder is defined by the National Institute of Mental Health as being characterized by “dramatic shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels that affect a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. These shifts in mood and energy levels are more severe than the normal ups and downs that are experienced by everyone.”
Carey not only shares her diagnosis but also how she manages the sometimes difficult and widely misunderstood condition. Mariah Carey is in therapy and also takes medicine for her bipolar disorder.
“I’m actually taking medication that seems to be pretty good. It’s not making me feel too tired or sluggish or anything like that. Finding the proper balance is what is most important,” says Carey.
Although being nervous about revealing her battle with bipolar disorder in the past, Mariah Carey hopes that sharing her diagnosis can help with removing the stigma from mental disorders.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, abbreviated as DBSA reports that bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans every year and that almost 10 million people will develop the illness sometime in their live.
““I’m just in a really good place right now, where I’m comfortable discussing my struggles with bipolar II disorder. I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone. It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.”