Mariah Carey is on the cover of the latest issue of People magazine in which she revealed that she is bipolar. Despite the fact that she was diagnosed in 2001 (when she was hospitalized for a mental and physical crisis), she said she did not want to believe it.
Carey expressed that she finally sought treatment recently after “the most difficult couple of years” – years of agitation, a reality show on E! and romantic drama.
“Until recently, I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear that someone wuld expose” her condition she told People. “It was something very heavy to carry and I just could not do it anymore. I sought and received treatment. I put positive people around me and I went back to doing what I love to do – write songs and make music.”
According to the report, Mariah is currently in therapy and taking medications for bipolar disorder type II, which involves periods of depression and hypomania (less severe mania than that associated with bipolar disorder type I, but can cause irritability, hyperactivity, and lack of sleep).
“I am currently taking medications that seem to be quite good. They do not make me feel very tired, or lazy, or anything like that. Finding the proper balance is most important.”
“For a long time I thought that I had a severe sleep disorder,” said Mariah, who returned to the studio for her new album that comes out at the end of this year.
“But it wasn’t normal insmnia and i wasn’t lying awake in bed counting sheep. I was working, working and working… I was irritable and in constant fear of disappointing people. It turned out that I was experiencing a sort of mania. Eventually you will hit a wall. I guess that my depressive episodes were characterized by having very little energy. I felt so lonely and sad – even guilty that I wasn’t doing what I needed to be doing for my career.”
Mariah says that she decided to move forward because now she is in a good place, and feels comfortable discussing her struggle with bipolar disorder.
“I hope that we can get to a place where we remove the stigma which make people go through things alone. It can be incredibly insulating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to let it define me or control me.”
Well, that explains a lot of things. Mariah now looks happy, she lost weight, her new partner (and they say that manager), the dancer, Bryan Tanaka seems to have done well. When she was with the other manager and Shrek, it was a disaster, good that she pulled the negative people out of her life and sought help. Good for her!
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