Mariah Carey has opened up her life in a new way that many are just not use to. The singer has revealed that she has been battling a bipolar disorder. In an exclusive interview with publication PEOPLE magazine she spoke very openly about it.
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The 48 year old spoke with PEOPLE about her illness & the many struggles that she has had with it. She says that she was diagnosed with the disorder during her breakdown & hospitalization back in 2001. Carey spoke on her initial reaction when finding out the news stating, "I didn't want to believe it." As time went on she did her best to keep her bi-polor disorder a secret from the public & did not receive any help for it until as of recently.
“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.”
Mariah is currently in theraphy trying to work through everything & has been prescribed medication for bipolor II disorder. This a more subtle version of bipolor I, but still has the side effects of hypomania, sleeplessness, depression, irribility, & heractivity.
“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. It turns out that I was experiencing a form of mania. Eventually I would just hit a wall. 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.”
She assured that her new studio album will be released later on this year & also spoke on being postive about what is to come in the coming future.
“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.”