Mariah Carey Reveals Secret Battle With Bipolar Disorder: “I Lived In Denial”

Published: Wednesday 11th Apr 2018 by Sam

Mariah Carey has made a surprise revelation: she has been battling bipolar disorder.

Full story below…

In a PEOPLE magazine cover exclusive, the songbird lifts the lid on a her struggle with the illness – which she says she was diagnosed with way back during her infamous 2001 breakdown and hospitalization.

Speaking on her reaction at the time, Mimi says: “I didn’t want to believe it.”

In the years that followed, she battled to keep her condition under wraps and only sought help very recently.

She explained:

“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.”

Carey, who stressed that her new album will arrive later this year, is in therapy and taking medication for bipolar II disorder. Though less severe than bipolar I, it can still be defined by periods of depression, hypomania, irritability, sleeplessness, and hyperactivity.

Elaborating on her symptoms, she added:

“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.”

With her status now revealed, Carey is optimistic about the future:

“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.”

The singer joins the likes of Demi Lovato and Britney Spears on the list of notable names open about their struggle with the disorder.


Echoing her sentiments, we’re hopeful this helps others.

On an image tip, this does a solid service of humanizing Mariah and making her endearing.

The era of otherworldly, mysterious stardom feels antiquated and folk want to know more about those they support; they want to feel part of the narrative and connected to it too. As such, going public this is a win for Mimi on various fronts.

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  1. Just_blaze April 11, 2018

    Lmao im sure the lambs already knew this.

    • Jasmine April 11, 2018

      I had figures that out years ago. She had all the symptoms. As long as she is taking her meds she will be fine

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      • Jasmine April 11, 2018

        Troll Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        The above user is a racist troll. Do not engage.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • China April 11, 2018


  2. I HATE .WHYyyyte n Blaaaxk. Bitchezzzzz April 11, 2018

    Mi songs definitely tell the story of the struggles that she went through… Like make it happen

  3. CYRIL24 April 11, 2018


  4. ? + ✈ = ? April 11, 2018

    Should name the album bipolar

  5. pat April 11, 2018

    u betta salvage that career in 2018

  6. S****** Blonde April 11, 2018

    The sharing of this very personal news is the proof that she is really in a better place now, much love to her.

  7. April 11, 2018

    Songbird Supreme! Love ya Mimi

  8. Tea April 11, 2018

    Now it all makes sense.

  9. Jeans April 11, 2018

    Bobby brown
    Chris brown too.

  10. Jeans April 11, 2018

    I hope people on social media don’t start making jokes about this. Good for her she had the courage to come forward with it.

  11. Girlbye April 11, 2018

    Her brother been said she’s bipolar but this was rubbished as jealousy.
    I’m glad she’s been strong enough to share her struggles now.
    The meds probably explain why her weight would go up and down and why she seemed so unbothered on stage sometimes.

  12. Slick April 11, 2018

    Obvious or not I’m glad she is in a better place now. We all deal with things differently. Think about the pressure shes had to produce masterpiece after masterpiece (and not delivering sometimes) and dealing with that disorder. I hope her new album is stripped down and we get that new voice to give us a solid album.

  13. CX April 11, 2018

    Mental illness is a lot more common in our faves than we may want to believe…

  14. JOHNVIDAL April 11, 2018

    If this is true she is a pro then. To maintain such tremendous work ethic album after album and promo after promo for alsmo 30 years is outstanding while battling mental issues. Almso any case of a famous person in this situation results in being all over after a couple of eras/albums. It´s hard.
    Kudos to her.

  15. DanYiel Iman April 12, 2018

    I always thought she had a disability…

    • JOHNVIDAL April 12, 2018

      That´s Beyonce. Who cannot talk. This is different.

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