Mariah Carey Opens Up About Her 17-Year Struggle with Mental Health

The Grammy-winning vocalist was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001.

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Opening up about mental health has never been easy (though thanks to initiatives like Bell Let’s Talk Day, it’s certainly getting easier), but it’s even more difficult when you’re in the public eye.

Stars like Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga have all opened up about their struggles and now another A-list singer has lent her voice to the cause: Mariah Carey.

In the most recent issue of People magazine, the world-famous vocalist and world-renown diva shares that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001.

The 48-year-old was diagnosed with bipolar II, which (according to  WebMD) is very much like bipolar I with moods cycling from high to low. The main difference between the two is that the highs in bipolar II never quite reach “full-blown mania” as they do with bipolar I. Though the highs are less severe, they can still cause irritability, sleeplessness and hyperactivity.

Carey explains that the diagnosis was difficult initially, and she spent many years living “in denial.” However, she recently sought treatment and is now in a “much better place” – so much so, that she felt comfortable enough to share her struggle with the world.

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The star is now on medication that she says “seems to be pretty good,” since it’s not making her “feel too tired or sluggish.” She also explains that “finding the proper balance is what is most important.”

She’s also found complementary alternative therapies to be quite helpful in managing her mental health. Carey says she’s been “exercising, getting acupuncture, eating healthy, spending quality time with my kids, and doing what I love, which is writing songs and making music.”

She also credits positive influences – and good TV binges – for her healthy mental state.

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