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Mariah Carey Reveals Battle With Bipolar Disorder!

Mariah Carey Reveals Battle With Bipolar Disorder


Has Social Media Made Her Condition Worse?

#DARLING! Mariah Carey needs no introduction. The iconic Singer has been involved in many of our lives for decades – and has been a huge advocate and ally of the LGBTQ community. Her herd of fans which she calls Lambs may arguably be the first fan base who received a nickname. Carey has consistently kept herself at the tip of our tongues with zany vocals, half-assed performances, and plenty of antics which gained her a 2016 Docuseries, Mariah’s World. The champagne goddess is now making headlines regarding mental health.


 

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According to People Magazine, Carey has admitted she suffers from Bipolar II Disorder. If you’re unfamiliar with Bipolar II Disorder: It causes periods of depression and abnormally elevated moods; although her case is typically less severe than those who have Bipolar I Disorder. Other common side affects are ADD, depression, hyper-sexuality, narcissism, and irritation. Perhaps now we know why Carey’s antics are as heightened as they come. Carey was first diagnosed after a hospital visit for a physical and mental breakdown in 2001. She tells People:

“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me. 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 I thought I had a severe sleep disorder. 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. I would feel so lonely and sad — even guilty that I wasn’t doing what I needed to be doing for my career.”


Carey speaks on why she’s chosen to share her secret:

“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.”


Carey’s disorder is shared with celebrities such as LGBTQ ally, Demi Lovato, openly-gay Maria Bello, and the late Star Wars princess, Carrie Fisher. We’re pulling for Carey during this difficult time and wish her the best on her journey.