Mariah Carey is finally telling the world her struggles. The singer and notorious diva sat down with reporters from People Magazine recently and dished on her mental health issues.
Unbeknownst to the world, Carey has bipolar disorder II, a debilitating mental condition characterized by fluctuations between episodes of mania and depression. According to the singer-songwriter, doctors diagnosed her back in 2001 following a mental and physical breakdown which left her in the hospital for a few days.
“I didn’t want to believe it,” the Grammy Award-winner said, and she admitted her greatest fear was losing everything for which she had worked so hard. And to make matters worse, she forced herself into an emotional shell to avoid dealing with her illness. After a couple of years, Carey talked to doctors to get treatment.
As for how she dealt with it, Carey said it’s of absolute importance to surrounded oneself with good friends, family, and acquaintances who are all willing parts of a support system.
Additionally, she began taking medication for it which seems to help a lot, the singer explained that it’s not making her feel “tired or sluggish or anything like that.”
Bi-polar disorder, like ADD and ADHD, is becoming more common in the general population as doctors diagnose an increasing number of individuals each year.
While some think it’s due to the pressure of pharmaceutical companies seeking to sell expensive medication through doctors, others think it’s because we’re beginning to understand mental illness a lot more, leading to more diagnosis.
Either way, as a result of her struggle, Carey said she had a hard time sleeping for a long time.
At first, she thought it was because of a sleeping disorder, but eventually found out it was another symptom of her mania and depression. As for what inspired Carey to open up about her struggle, the singer revealed Lady Gaga, and other stars’ honesty about it pushed her to come forward finally.