Mariah Carey Tells of Bipolar Disorder Battle

mariah carey tells of bipolar disorder battle
Mariah Carey Tells of Bipolar Disorder Battle

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.

The post drew hundreds of messages of support from fans.

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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