Carey not first star to dis­cuss bipolar ills

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Pe­ter Sblendo­rio

swings that in­clude stretches of ma­nia and de­pres­sion.

For Carey, 48, the di­ag­no­sis of bipolar II dis­or­der came in 2001, but it re­mained a se­cret un­til last week. By com­ing for­ward, she said, she hopes to help elim­i­nate the stigma sur­round­ing men­tal ill­ness.

“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 told Peo­ple in a story pub­lished Wed­nes­day. “I guess my de­pres­sive episodes were char­ac­ter­ized by hav­ing very low en­ergy. I would feel so lonely and sad — even guilty that I wasn’t do­ing what I needed to be do­ing for my ca­reer.”

Be­tween Novem­ber 2016 and Novem­ber 2017, about

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