Mariah Carey has opened up about her battle with bipolar disorder, telling People magazine that she lived in fear and denial for several years before finally seeking treatment.
“I didn’t want to believe it,” the multiple Grammy winning singer said upon hearing her diagnoses in 2001. “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me.
Carey said she initially thought she was suffering from insomnia when her symptoms began to escalate.
Revisiting those difficult years, she described feeling irritable, tired and “in constant fear of letting people down.”
During the characteristic low periods of bipolar disorder, Carey said she would feel “so lonely and sad — even guilty.”
However, it all came to a heed when it became too much to handle, and she eventually decided to get help.
“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,” she told People.
The singer, who appeared on the cover of People, said in a tweet that she was grateful to be sharing this part of her journey with the public.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 11, 2018
The post drew hundreds of messages of support from fans.
Mariah, I love you so much. You’re so strong, which is why you are my inspiration. My father struggled with bipolar disorder, and I believe my brother is going through the same thing. You are never alone, my love. Thank you so much for your vulnerability once again. ??❤️?
— Her. She Is Mariah. (@myMIMIisPerfect) April 11, 2018
Just when I thought I couldn’t bond with you anymore ?? I’m so glad you opened up about this – it’s gonna connect so many more people with you even harder. we’re all here for you MC. ? these are happy tears lol
— Percy (@HeavyMetalLamb) April 11, 2018
Previously considered to be a fringe illness, more and more cases of bipolar disorder have emerged over recent years.
According to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 18, suffer from the illness.
Despite growing awareness, there is still a stigma surrounding bipolar disorder, but Carey said she hopes that by speaking up she could help change that.
“I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone,” she told People. “It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.”
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