Mariah Carey Opens Up About Bipolar Disorder

Mariah Carey is the latest music star to open up about mental illness in hopes of changing attitudes.

In an interview published Wednesday, the 48-year-old mother of 6-year-old twins said she is being treated for bipolar disorder.

“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” Carey told People. “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 said for a long time she thought her symptoms – including insomnia, hyperactivity and irritability – were signs of a severe sleep disorder.

“I was irritable and in constant fear of letting people down. It turns out that I was experiencing a form of mania,” she recalled.

“Eventually I would just hit a wall. 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.”

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Carey told People she is on medication and working to find “the proper balance.”

She added: “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. It can be incredibly isolating.

“It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.”