Mariah Carey Reveals Her Struggle With Bipolar Disorder

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In a PEOPLE cover story, Mariah Carey says that although she did not want to believe her diagnoses of bipolar disorder — she came to grips with it and recently got the help she needed.

“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 and making music,” the superstar told People.

Carey said she was first diagnosed in 2001 when she was hospitalized following a mental breakdown, and just recently sought treatment after years of struggle in her professional and personal life.

The ‘shake it off ‘ singer said that the medication she is taking for the disorder is working well.

“I’m actually taking medication that seems to be pretty good. It’s not making me feel too tired or sluggish or anything like that. Finding the proper balance is what is most important.”

Mariah Carey Reveals Her Struggle With Bipolar Disorder
Carey shared her cover for people on Twitter and Instagram — she captioned the photo, “I’m grateful to be sharing this part of my journey with you.”

Mariah Carey shares twins with ex husband Nick Cannon, Monroe and Moroccan, 6,. Carey made the decision to open up about her disorder now because she said she is “just in a really good place right now, where I’m comfortable discussing my struggles with bipolar II disorder.”