Who would have known?
With hit songs like “All I Want For Christmas” and “We Belong Together”, Mariah Carey sits on the cover of PEOPLE Magazine. The cover reads, “My Battle With Bipolar Disorder.” “Mariah Carey Opens Up.”
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder where one experiences drastic mood swings ranging from highs called mania and lows called depression. There are more than 3 million cases per year, according to Mayo Clinic. Carey feared that her illness would end her career, had moments of being high functioning and other times behaving irrationally.
Sadly, people often use bipolar as an adjective when in fact, it is a chronic mental illness. I’ve heard things like “The weather is acting bipolar.” Statement like this perpetuate the stigma and those who battle with this illness are fearful of being called crazy.
According to PEOPLE, although she was first diagnosed in 2001 (when she was hospitalized for a physical and mental breakdown), Carey told them, “I didn’t want to believe it.”
“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.”
By Carey sharing her story, it humanizes her as a celebrity, will encourage those to seek treatment and educate millions on bipolar disorder. With her success, it shows the world that you can thrive with a mental illness.
I commend her for being courageous and living in her truth.