Mariah Carey recently revealed to the public that she’s battling Bipolar Disorder and she hopes that her candidness about her struggle will help ease the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” Carey, 48, told People Magazine in an interview released Wednesday. “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.”
For a long time, Carey believed she was battling a sleep disorder. However, she eventually realized that was she was experiencing Bipolar Hypomania, which causes insomnia, hyperactivity, irritability, and feelings of elation.
“For a long time I thought I had a severe sleep disorder,” she explained of her diagnosis. “But it wasn’t normal insomnia, and I wasn’t lying awake counting sheep. I was working and working and working … I was irritable and in constant fear of letting people down. It turns out that I was experiencing a form of mania.”
“Eventually I would just hit a wall,” she continued. “I guess my depressive episodes were characterized by having very low energy. I would feel so lonely and sad — even guilty that I wasn’t doing what I needed to be doing for my career.”
Carey has been battling and seems to have come out on the other side of her battle and doing well these days.
“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,” she said.
“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,” Carey said. “It does not have to define you, and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.”
Hopefully, Mariah Carey’s open battle with Bipolar can get people talking more about mental health issues and de-stigmatizing them in the process.
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