Mariah Carey has spoken for the first time about his 17-year battle with bipolar disorder.
The singer told People that she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2001 in the wake of a nervous breakdown who has been admitted to the hospital.
Carey, who has sold 200 million albums worldwide, has said that she only recently sought medical treatment.
She said it came after “the most lasts a few years, I have lived”.
“Until recently, I lived in denial and the isolation and the constant fear that someone would expose me,” she explained.
“It was a burden too heavy to bear and I just couldn’t do it.
“I have requested and received a treatment, I put positive people around me and that I am back to doing what I love – writing songs and music.”
Carey said that she is now in therapy and taking medication for the bipolar disorder, which has caused it to have periods of depression and hypomania, which can cause irritability and insomnia.
“I am in fact taking medication that seems to be pretty good. This is not making me feel too tired or lethargic or something like that. Finding the right balance is what is most important,” she told People.
She added that for a long time, she thought she had “severe sleep disorders”, but then he was working on his album in the studio to release “it wasn’t normal insomnia”.
“I was irritable and constantly in fear of letting people down,” she added.
“I think that my depressive episodes were characterized by very low energy. I would feel so lonely and sad – even guilty that I wasn’t doing what I had to do for my career.”What is bipolar disorder?
There are different types of bipolar disorder. Those with type 1 experience periods of manic highs and depressive lows. Those of type II with severe depression and mild manic episodes known as hypomania – this last for a short period of time. Those with cyclothymia experience less severe mood swings, but they can last longer.
During a manic episode, those with bipolar disorder may feel euphoric and have a lot of energy, ambitious plans and ideas. But they can become aggressive, and the experience of symptoms of psychosis.
The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown. Some experts believe that it can be developed as a result of severe emotional distress as a child, as well as the genetic and chemical factors.
One in every 100 adults in the UK will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their life.
Sources: the NHS, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, mind and Spirit
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