Mariah Carey feels 'uplifted' and 'inspired' by support for bipolar disorder revelation

Singer recently revealed how she struggled after being diagnosed with the disorder in 2001

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Sunday 15 April 2018 10:47 BST
Mariah Carey at the unveiling of her Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Mariah Carey has shared a post on Instagram to say she feels “inspired” and “uplifted” by the support she has received since revealing she has bipolar disorder II.

“I've been hard at work, feeling inspired by each of your stories and uplifted by your overwhelming support,” she wrote on Instagram Saturday (14 April.

“Let's continue to encourage each other on our journeys.”

Carey, who has sold more than 200m records worldwide, recently revealed she is currently in therapy and taking medication for bipolar disorder II, which is characterised by very “up” mood swings with feelings of elation, to “down” periods of hopelessness and depression.

“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she told People magazine.

“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.”

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.”

Carey is currently working on her follow-up to her 2014 album Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse.

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