Mariah Carey was always a celebrity who loves the media spotlight and attention. The “Queen of Christmas” has always been called the “diva” of the industry.
While she’s never turned away from sharing her life with fans, she has kept quiet on a particular issue–her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. In an exclusive interview with People Magazine, she disclosed that for over 15 years, she’s been battling her diagnosis. According to Carey, she was diagnosed in 2001 after having a breakdown, but, she “didn’t want to believe it.”
During this time, she fought off the diagnosis and didn’t want to seek help–while going through a spiral of ups and downs in her life both professionally and personally.
“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 disclosed to “People” that she’s both in therapy and taking medication for bipolar II disorder. The type of bipolar disorder she has involves depression and hypomania.
“For a long time I thought I had a severe sleep disorder,” continues Carey, now back in the studio working on an album due later this year. “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.
Carey says she’s taking medication right now that “makes her feel good.” She emphasized that finding “the right balance” for an individual is vital for maintaining good mental health.
After sharing her story on Twitter, fans were grateful and supportive that Carey was open and honest with them and owning her diagnosis.
We love you Mariah! Thank you for being so candid & so brave. Your fans are still here in COPIOUS amounts & we LOVE YOU FOREVER BABY !
Now about this album … ?
— Khalil (@kbyrd2) April 11, 2018
For those who want to learn more about how to get support, resources and treatment, please check out https://t.co/MlH4zsyuOU. ?
— NAMI (@NAMICommunicate) April 11, 2018
no wonder i've always connected with her, we're both bipolar. wig flew into two different directions
— ً (@homomorphe) April 11, 2018
We love you Mariah!!! I’m so proud of you!!!
— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) April 11, 2018
Mariah, I love you so much. You're so strong, which is why you are my inspiration. My father struggled with bipolar disorder, and I believe my brother is going through the same thing. You are never alone, my love. Thank you so much for your vulnerability once again. ??❤️?
— Her. She Is Mariah. (@myMIMIisPerfect) April 11, 2018
Oh my god ??? I’m so glad that you finally felt ready to reveal something like this, I too suffer from similar struggles, and this only makes me feel even closer to you. I will always love you.
— DJ Serotonin Deficiency (@AlykcPryor) April 11, 2018
Just when I thought I couldn’t bond with you anymore ?? I’m so glad you opened up about this – it’s gonna connect so many more people with you even harder. we’re all here for you MC. ? these are happy tears lol
— Percy (@HeavyMetalLamb) April 11, 2018
This is so inspiring! When someone so famous and important opens up about things like this we get closer to breaking the stigma around mental health?
— ً (@intimatedaze) April 11, 2018
This proves that you’re even stronger and more resilient than what we’ll ever be. You’re truly an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your journey and struggles with us. I’m mad proud to be a part of the lambily. ??
— Gaby ? (@blessxtina) April 11, 2018
— #1toinfinity (@bacho34974906) April 11, 2018
We love you so much! We are SO PROUD and we'll ALWAYS be here for YOU! You've been through a lot but always picked yourself up! You're an example for so many! I love you unconditionally, Mariah Carey! ❤️❤️❤️
— Esteban (@Esteban_RDiva) April 11, 2018