Health & Fitness Mariah Carey no longer 'in denial' over bipolar disorder

12:34  12 april  2018
12:34  12 april  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Mariah Carey is not the first celebrity to speak out about being bipolar . The 48-year-old singer recently told People that she was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder in "Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she says of keeping the diagnosis private.

“For a long time I thought I had a severe sleep disorder ,” continues Carey , now back in the studio working on an album due later this year. RELATED: Mariah Carey on Why She Kept Her Bipolar Disorder Hidden for Years: ‘I Lived in Denial and Isolation’.

Mariah Carey © Reuters Mariah Carey Mariah Carey has said she is no longer living in "denial and isolation" after being treated for bipolar disorder.

The singer has told celebrity magazine People that she "didn't want to believe it" when she was diagnosed in 2001 after receiving hospital treatment for a physical and mental breakdown.

She said: "Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me. It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn't do that anymore."

Carey says singing and writing music have helped © Getty Carey says singing and writing music have helped The 48-year-old is now in therapy and taking medication for bipolar II, which involves periods of depression and hypomania, and often involves irritability.

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"Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me," she told the mag. A post shared by Mariah Carey (@ mariahcarey ) on Apr 11, 2018 at 3:58am PDT. Bipolar II disorder has symptoms of periods of depression and hypomania — which includes persistent

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Carey said the medication is having a positive effect and is not making her feel too tired or sluggish.

"I got back to doing what I love - writing songs and making music," the mother-of-two said.

She said that she first thought she was suffering with "normal insomnia" as she could not sleep and was "working and working and working".

Mariah Carey arrives at the Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © AP Mariah Carey arrives at the Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The star said she was "irritable and in constant fear of letting people down" and that she later learned she was "experiencing a form of mania".

"Eventually I would just hit a wall. I guess my depressive episodes were characterised by having very low energy.

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Mariah Carey : My battle with bipolar disorder . April 11, 2018. “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she says. “For a long time I thought I had a severe sleep disorder ,” continues Carey , now back in the studio working on an album due later this

Mariah Carey has spoken for the first time about her 17-year battle with bipolar disorder . "Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me," she explained.

"I would feel so lonely and sad - even guilty that I wasn't doing what I needed to be doing for my career."

According to the NHS, bipolar disorder is characterised by extreme mood swings, and includes periods of extreme highs and lows.

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