Popstar Mariah Carey has revealed she suffers from bipolar disorder, a diagnosis she received more than a decade ago after a breakdown around the time of her critically panned movie Glitter in 2001.
Mariah Carey is now being treated for bipolar II
She says she was experiencing a form of mania
She is working on a new album to be released later this year
Carey told People magazine she got the diagnosis when she was hospitalised following the emotional and physical breakdown and only sought treatment recently because she refused to believe it.
“I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” Carey said.
“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.”
Carey, one of the best-selling music artists in the world with 200 million records sold and hits like We Belong Together, said she was taking medication for the bipolar II form of the disorder, which is marked by less severe mood swings between depression and hyperactivity.
“For a long time I thought I had a severe sleep disorder,” she said.
“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.”
Carey came forward after a rollercoaster few years that included her divorce from comedian Nick Cannon, with whom she has six-year-old twins, and her short-lived but high-profile 2016 engagement to Australian billionaire businessman James Packer.
She said she was taking medication that “is not making me feel too tired or sluggish” and is working on a new album due out later this year.
“I’m just in a really good place right now, where I’m comfortable discussing my struggles with bipolar II disorder. I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone,” she said.