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One of the highest-selling artists and performers in the music industry’s history has publicly revealed that they are dealing with an adversity that affects around 43.8 million American adults during any given year.
That significant number is a fact, according to current data compiled by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. But eyebrows were raised recently when pop singer and performer Mariah Carey (pictured at microphone) told a national media outlet that for the past 17 years, she has been living with Type II bipolar disorder.
Carey, 48, told People Magazine earlier this week about her struggles with mental illness. The cover story on Carey for People will be published in the magazine’s April 23 issue scheduled for later this month. In her telling interview, Carey talked about the 2001 hospitalization, which ultimately changed her life.
During that year, Carey was admitted to the hospital for what her publicist called “an emotional and physical breakdown.” She had just finished filming two movies and was exhausted after working extensively. Carey received treatment in the hospital’s psychiatric care unit, which is where she got her diagnosis.
“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,” Carey told People Magazine.
Bipolar disorder is also classified as manic depression. One characteristic of this mental health problem includes sudden and severe mood swings. Type II bipolar disorder is not as severe as type I. However, it still poses its challenges. Nowadays, Carey is trying her best to keep her mental problems from inhibiting her life.
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,” she added.