By Dymond Alexis
During an interview with People magazine, Mariah Carey revealed that she’s struggled with a bipolar disorder for over 15 years.
Carey recently sought out for help after going through some of the hardest years of her life.
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she says. “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.”
Carey is now in therapy and taking medication for bipolar II disorder, which involves periods of depression as well as hypomania which is less severe than the bipolar disorder but, can still cause irritability, sleeplessness and hyperactivity.
“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.”
We are glad that she is dealing with her disorder and we will continue to pray for her! She’s been working in the studio so, new music may possibly be on the way.