Mariah re­veals bat­tle with bipo­lar dis­or­der

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SHE IS known as much for her diva de­mands as her string of hit records. Now Mariah Carey has re­vealed she is be­ing treated for bipo­lar dis­or­der.

The US singer, 48, says she was first di­ag­nosed in 2001 while be­ing treated for a phys­i­cal and men­tal break­down but “didn’t want to be­lieve it”.

She is now in ther­apy and re­ceiv­ing treat­ment. Carey told Peo­ple mag­a­zine: “Un­til re­cently I lived in de­nial and iso­la­tion and in con­stant fear some­one would ex­pose me. It was too heavy a bur­den to carry and I sim­ply couldn’t do that any more.

“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, whose big­gest hits in­clude With­out You and All I Want For Christ­mas Is You, said the med­i­ca­tion she is tak­ing for type two bipo­lar dis­or­der is hav­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect.

“It’s not mak­ing me feel too tired or slug­gish or any­thing like that. Find­ing the proper bal­ance is what is most im­por­tant.”

The mother of six-year-old twins said she first thought she was suf­fer­ing with in­som­nia as she could not sleep, and that she was “work­ing and work­ing and work­ing”.

She was “ir­ri­ta­ble and in con­stant fear of let­ting peo­ple down” and later learned she was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a form of ma­nia.

“Even­tu­ally I would just hit a wall,” she said. “I would feel so lonely and sad – even guilty that I wasn’t do­ing what I needed to be do­ing for my ca­reer.”

The singer, who has sold more than 200 mil­lion records world­wide and is worth an es­ti­mated R125 mil­lion, said she was now in “a re­ally good place” and hoped talk­ing about her ex­pe­ri­ences would help lift the stigma sur­round­ing the dis­or­der.

Bipo­lar dis­or­der, char­ac­terised by ex­treme mood swings, usu­ally de­vel­ops in the late teens and af­fects one adult in 100 at some point. – Daily Mail

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