Mental illness can be such a sensitive topic and it is nice to know that Mariah Carey is finally living her truth. The pop star recently got candid with People Magazine about her battle with bipolar II disorder
Mariah who was diagnosed with the mental illness in 2001 revealed to People Magazine that…
“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. This is just one part that I felt it was time to be able to speak about.”
Bipolar II disorder is a form of mental illness. It involves mood swings and resulting sleep, energy and behavioral disturbances. Most people with bipolar II disorder suffer more often from episodes of depression.
According to reports, bipolar II is associated with moods cycling between high and low over time. The “up” moods never reach full-blown mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania. A person affected by bipolar II disorder has had at least one hypomanic episode in his or her life.
Mood stabilizers such as Lithium, Carbamazepine (Tegretol) and Lamotrigine (Lamictal) include some of the forms of treatment.
To read more from Mariah’s interview, check out people.com