Mariah Carey opens up about her mental health in the new issue of People magazine and revealed that she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The 48-year-old spoke about her longtime struggles with mental illness and says she was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder back in 2001 when she was hospitalized for severe exhaustion, but was in denial for many years and only recently started treating her condition. She admits, "I didn't want to believe it. I didn't want to carry around the stigma of a lifelong disease that would define me and potentially end my career. I was so terrified of losing everything, I convinced myself the only way to deal with this was to not deal with this."
But now Mariah says she is comfortable talking about her illness and hopes break the stigma of mental illness. She says, "Hopefully they'll just understand I'm doing this with the hope of helping others and also because it's going to be a freeing experience for me."