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Mariah Carey Reveals She Has Bipolar Disorder

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Mariah Carey opens up about her decades-long battle with bipolar disorder in this week's People magazine cover story, revealing that she was first diagnosed with the mood disorder in 2001 when she was hospitalized following a physical and mental breakdown. "I didn't want to believe it," Carey says about the illness (sometimes also referred to as manic-depression).

“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” explains Carey, who finally sought treatment recently after "the hardest couple of years" she's been through recently, which included a management shake-up, as well as the one-season-and-done E! reality series Mariah's World and a very public split from billionaire boyfriend James Packer. “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.”

Carey tells the magazine that she has spent many of her years in the spotlight suffering silently and that she is now in therapy and taking medication for bipolar disorder II, which has appeared to stabilize the condition without making her too tired or sluggish. “For a long time I thought I had a severe sleep disorder,” says Carey, who is in the studio now working on her follow-up to 2014's Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse. “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.”

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that's sad.
Ironically, it is often best for them to remain where they are comfortable – out of the spotlight – where the natural confidence prevalent in Architects as they work with the familiar can serve as its own beacon, attracting people, romantically or otherwise, of similar temperament and interests.
I'm so glad she was able to seek treatment and begin putting things in some kind of order for herself. I imagine that the feeling of letting people down was actually very real, considering the profession/industry she's in, the demons she's had in her life (Moflopta, etc.), etc. I wish her much success on her journey. Reading this made me smile for some reason...so I think it's a good sign. I'm also glad she had the courage to speak out about her. Her fear that someone would expose her is not misplaced IMO. Again, given the industry she's in, having someone else tell her story from her would make it scandalous and gossipy while attaching more stigma to mental illness. Coming from her changes the whole perspective and now no one can touch her about it or use it against her.
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Mariah Carey is truly one of my favorite personal heroes and an everlasting influence and inspiration on my life. Opening up about her struggles with mental health adds yet another dimension to my messiah.

Who wants to count how many lives Mariah Carey has saved?
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