Shocking Secrets Behind Mariah Carey’s Battle With Bipolar Disorder, Revealed

For years, there has been literally nothing that Mariah Carey does that doesn’t snag headlines. But the oft-flamboyant songstress really grabbed everyone’s attention when she revealed in a recent interview with People that she has been living with bipolar disorder for years! Here’s a look at the chronic illness, and how it has affected Carey’s life.

First, so everyone knows what we’re talking about …

Mariah Carey at a press conference in Israel

Mariah Carey said she was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. | Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Carey said in the interview that she was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. According to WebMD, bipolar I and II are similar in that they are mental illnesses that involve a roller coaster style of mood swings. In the case of bipolar II — which Carey has — the highs can reach levels of mania, followed by intense episodes of depression.

Next: If this sounds familiar to you …

Remember Mariah’s meltdown?

Mariah Carey performs

Her infamous New Year’s Eve performance wasn’t the first time she came undone. | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

We aren’t talking about New Year’s Eve 2016 when she came undone onstage. We’re throwing it back to 2001 when she had a public breakdown while promoting the movie Glitter and was then hospitalized. According to Carey, this was when she was first diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.

Next: This begs the question …

Why did she stay quiet for so long?

Mariah Carey smiling for photos in Baku, Azerbaijan

She was afraid of the public response. | Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Carey said in the interview that she was in a state of denial over her mental illness, and was afraid of how the public would react to it. “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she explained.

Next: But her choice to stay silent didn’t last forever …

Why she’s coming forward now

Mariah Carey filming music video

She doesn’t want to keep it a secret anymore. | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

After years of silence, Carey told People that she was in a good enough place that she didn’t want to keep such a huge secret anymore. “”It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore,” she admitted. She also reveals that she is in therapy and taking medication for bipolar II disorder.

Next: It’s not just about her …

What she hopes to achieve

Mariah Carey on red carpet before holiday show

Mariah Carey wants to inspire others not to hide. | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

The “One Sweet Day” singer told People that she hopes her story can help inspire others to not hide their struggles. “”I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone,” she told the magazine. “It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.”

Next: In fact, her story isn’t all that uncommon …

Other celebrities who have suffered

Singer Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato has been open about her mental illness. | Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

Mariah Carey is not alone in being a high profile individual suffering from this mental illness. In most recent years, pop star Demi Lovato has been open about her struggles with bipolar disorder in an effort to raise awareness. Singer Sinead O’Connor, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and action star Jean-Claude Van Damme are among the list of other celebrities who suffer from bipolar disorder.

Next: Last, but certainly not least …

Where to get help

Mariah Carey attends movie premiere with children

There are many resources to provide help. | Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images

Clearly, nobody should have to suffer in silence the way that Mariah Carey did for years. There are 24-hour hotlines and lists of helpful tips that can aid in finding the best help possible for you or anyone you know who may be suffering from bipolar disorder.

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