Washington, D.C –
Legendary singer, Mariah Carey, has been center of many stories in recent years surrounding her marriage, behavior, or personal life. As part of her cover story for People magazine, Carey has revealed that she has been battling with bi-polar disorder.
She received her diagnosis in 2001 and as a result of overwhelming fear, fell into a dark space of isolation as she feared that someone would expose her. She speaks, “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 now takes therapy as well as continued treatment for her condition. “I’m actually taking medication that seems to be pretty good,” she details. “It’s not making me feel too tired or sluggish or anything like that. Finding the proper balance is what is most important.”
Carey hopes that her story can fight against a stigma surrounding mental illness: “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.”