“Let’s Continue To Encourage Each Other”: Mariah Carey “Uplifted” By Support Following Bipolar II Disorder Reveal
After sharing with the world that she has bipolar II disorder in a cover story for PEOPLE, Mariah Carey says she’s thankful for the encouragement she’s received from people, as well as the stories that have been shared with her by those who decided to be open about their own struggles with mental health. In a post on Instagram, the singer said she was feeling both “inspired” and “uplifted” by the love she’s been shown.
“I’ve been hard at work, feeling inspired by each of your stories and uplifted by your overwhelming support,” she wrote. “Let’s continue to encourage each other on our journeys.”
As stated, Carey shared her story with PEOPLE last week, stating that in 2001, after being diagnosed with the disorder following her public meltdown, she refused to acknowledge her issues for years.
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she said. “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 has since started taking medication that doesn’t make her feel off and provides her with “balance.” And because she’s found herself in a much better place, she wanted to be open about what she’d been going through.
“I’m just in a really good place right now, where I’m comfortable discussing my struggles with bipolar II disorder,” Carey said. “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.”