MARIAH CAREY ON LIVING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER: ‘MY CHILDREN ARE AMAZING’

"What Could Be More Therapeutic Than Spending Time With My Kids?"

Mariah Carey is in an upbeat mood despite her battle with bipolar disorder. The Pop singer opens up about her life as a mom and entertainer.

“My children are amazing,” Mariah reveals. “What could be more therapeutic than spending time with my kids and laughing and watching them enjoy childhood? The most important thing I can do for my children is give them what I didn’t really have, a chance to live in a safe and secure home surrounded by people who love and support them unconditionally.”

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Mariah further delves into her life with bipolar disorder. “For a long time, I thought I had a severe sleep disorder,” she explains. “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.”

Bipolar disorder is often characterized by high and low stages. Those in the high stage of the disorder usually feel as if the world is at their fingertips. Meanwhile, those in the low state of the condition experience immense sadness that could lead to thoughts of suicide.

Mariah is determined to stay strong despite the struggles that come with bipolar disorder. “I’m just in a really good place right now, where I’m comfortable discussing my struggles with bipolar II disorder,” The celebrity mom shares. “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.”

Mariah Carey co-parents two kids, Monroe and Moroccan, with her ex-husband, Nick Cannon. Stay tuned for more celebrity parent news!

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Sarie

Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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