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Lisa Nicole Carson was, undeniably, one of the “it” actresses of the 1990s. No matter the movie or television show, Carson’s bright smile and curl fro always made an impression as she captivated viewers with witty one-liners. However, as the industry transitioned into the next Millennium, fans saw less and less of Carson, leaving many to assume that she traded in fame for a quiet life. Unfortunately, that was not the case; Carson was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and since then the mental illness has affected her ability to work.
Deciding to heal, recover and reclaim her love for acting, Carson has chosen to share her story on Centric’s BEING, a documentary series where lauded figures in Hollywood share the poignant lessons they’ve learned as they rode fame’s wheel of fortune.
Premiering, Saturday, August 6 at 7 pm EST, BEING: Lisa Nicole Carson will give fans insight on how the actress became a mainstream icon in such a short period of time and the stigma and rejection she faced when news of her mental illness broke. Check out the preview below.
“I Didn’t Want To Believe I Had Mental Health Issues” Lisa Nicole Carson Opens Up About Her Bipolar Disorder
We all remember Lisa Nicole Carson from our favorite ’90’s movies. Whether it was Jason’s Lyric, Love Jones or Devil In a Blue Dress, the girl showed us her talent time and time again. And then she seemed to disappear from the entertainment scene. Years later, we would learn that Carson was living with a bipolar disorder. But that was the all the information we received.
Now, in a recent interview with Essence Magazine, Carson is opening up about her brand of bipolar, how it affected her career and how she manages it today.
See what she had to say in the excerpts below.
How she learned she was living with bipolar disorder
I was the belle of the ball in the late nineties, with roles on Ally McBeal and ER and in Love Jones. I’ve always been full of energy and would often be twirling around on sets. But my high-spirited moments looked like something else to one of the producers on ER. He had a family history of bipolar disorder and thought I might be exhibiting some of the symptoms. I didn’t know what he was talking about or how it could apply to me, so I just continued with my life. A year later I was in New York City catching up with loved ones when I unexpectedly had a fit in my hotel—yelling, throwing things, crying and raising enough hell that the staff called an ambulance. I ended up being hospitalized for a few weeks, and a psychiatrist gave a diagnosis: bipolar disorder. I was stunned and clueless, and so was my family. I didn’t want to believe I had any mental health issues and went into denial. I was supposed to take medicine, and I didn’t. I’m animated and exuberant, and this made it difficult to determine what was my normal and what was actually odd behavior.
How it affected her career
During my stay in the hospital, I was given medicine to stabilize my moods, and I spoke with a therapist. Upon being discharged, I returned to Los Angeles and went back to work on Ally McBeal feeling more in control. Everybody on the show was wonderful to me, but my contract wasn’t renewed for the final season. Nobody gave me an explanation, but I assumed it had to do with what had happened. I was devastated.
Once my episode became public, I was torn apart in the press, which really hurt.
What she did after “Ally McBeal”
But even if you have “It,” you can falter. Ally McBeal was my last Hollywood gig. After that I moved back to my hometown of New York City and stayed there for more than a decade. During that time I worked with many doctors to get as much control of my life as I could and experimented with various treatments including mood stabilizers and antipsychotic medications. I’ve learned to look for the symptoms in myself: getting too euphoric or overstimulated. My bipolar disorder is usually exhibited on the high-energy and manic end. Some people who have the illness are more on the depressive side.
Before my mind and moods came under scrutiny, my body and I had already gone through a journey. I was a tomboy growing up. Then puberty hit, and seemingly overnight I had a 38DD bra size. I constantly wore sweatshirts and was mad at my body. Then I fell in love as I neared my twenties. When I realized my body could turn a man to mush, it became empowering. I was often the curvy one on set, and I felt beautiful no matter my size. I still enjoy the company of men, although dating has been interesting with my mental health condition. When I was hospitalized, I was in a relationship, and he was terrific about it. We stayed together for a while afterward. I’m not dating anyone seriously now and don’t feel pressured to do so, but I hope The One comes along.
The best thing about taking a step back was spending time with my mother. She passed in 2011. What brought me through has been medicine, prayer, music and my dog, Josephine. I see a psychiatrist and a psychologist regularly and now just take anti-anxiety medication. I’ve returned to L.A. to give my career another try. I’m going on auditions and handling rejection better than I did in the past. We recently had an Ally McBeal reunion for the TV Land Awards. It was wonderful getting dressed up and seeing everyone.
I’m tackling the myth that African-American women have to be pillars of strength. We have the right to fall. We have the right not to always have our sh– together. We just have to take our mental health as seriously as we do the physical. Do not be afraid to go to a therapist or a doctor to make sure everything is fine. I am excited for my new chapter. I now am stronger and ready for what’s next, while taking care of my emotional health.
You can read the rest of Carson’s story here.
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