Mariah Carey made worldwide headlines Wednesday after revealing a secret that kept hidden for 17 years: that she has a bipolar disorder.
In a very personal interview with People, the singer and actress said that she was diagnosed in 2001 when she suffered a physical and mental collapse for which she was hospitalized, but in the context of the great stigmatization that exists in society about mental disorders, she refused to believe it.
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Following her denial of many years, Carey admitted she began the treatment to treat her disorder recently, and as she explains, "they were the hardest I've ever been through."
"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. As hard as this is, I also knew it was time to finally share my story."
She is currently in therapy and taking medication for bipolar II disorder, which leads to periods of depression and hypomania: “I’m actually taking medication that seems to be pretty good. It’s not making me feel too tired or sluggish or anything like that. Finding the proper balance is what is most important," she said.
There are still many prejudices rooted in mental disorders in society.
Today we celebrate that Mariah Carey has decided to share her brave story in public. Thank you, Mariah, for contributing to the awareness and information about the importance of mental health and ensure that those who are going through it do not feel that they have to be stigmatized or discriminated against.
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