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

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

Mariah Carey revealed she has bipolar disorder with a new feature and cover on People magazine.

The elusive chanteuse said she finally sought treatment after facing “the hardest couple of years I’ve been through,” including a management change, the New Year’s Eve debacle, her E! Reality show and the dissolution of her relationship with business mogul James Packer.


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“I didn’t want to believe it,” she told People. “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.”

People reports Mariah is in therapy and taking medication for bipolar II disorder. They clarify that bipolar II involves “periods of depression as well as hypomania (less severe than the mania associated with bipolar I disorder, but can still cause irritability, sleeplessness and hyperactivity).”

“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 continued.

“For a long time I thought I had a severe sleep disorder. 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. 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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She adds: “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.”



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