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Mariah Carey Raises Awareness of Mental Health by Sharing Personal Struggles in New Memoir

Having kept diagnosis a secret for over a decade, this pop icon is ready to talk

Pop singer Mariah Carey is reportedly working on a memoir that will focus on her experiences with mental health, revealed Page Six TV.

 

The singer-actress recently revealed to People magazine that she has been suffering from a long-term battle with bipolar disorder. The singer was diagnosed in 2001 while being hospitalized following a very public breakdown that stunned Hollywood. She kept her diagnosis a secret from the public, in part because she was reluctant to accept it herself.

 

Carey told People:

 

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.

 

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Image courtesy of 'Variety'

 

Though Carey has been relatively mum about her personal struggles, now she is ready to be open with the public. 

 

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...As hard as this is, I also knew it was time to finally share my story.

 

Good for you, Mariah!

 

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 Featured Image courtesy of 'Variety'