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Mariah Carey discloses her struggle with bipolar disorder
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Mariah Carey discloses her struggle with bipolar disorder

Mariah Carey, known for her unique singing style and vocal power, left her fans and followers shocked by talking about her long struggle with bipolar disorder. With this, she has joined the long list of celebrities who have come out in the open about their mental health condition. Some of the others on the list include Demi Lovato, Sinead O’ Connor, Russel Brand, etc. Speaking candidly about her battle with bipolar disorder, Carey revealed that she had been living with bipolar II disorder, also known as soft bipolar, for the past 17 years.

Disclosing her personal turmoil, Carey, enlisted among the top-selling artists in the music history who sold over 200 million albums worldwide, said, “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me.” Giving further details about her struggle, she said that instead of succumbing to the heavy burden of bipolar disorder, she chose treatment and support of positive people around her. This assisted her in resurrecting from her problems and getting back to doing what she loved – music. She is currently on medication and is undergoing therapy for her condition.

As seen in most other cases, Carey mistook her problem to be a sleep disorder. However, unlike the people suffering from insomnia, she was not needlessly lying in bed and counting sheep. While battling with bipolar disorder, she was constantly working hard, engrossed with the fear of letting people down. It turned out that she was experiencing a form of mania. Later, when her depressive episodes would take control over her, she would feel lonely, sad and even guilty that she was not doing enough for her career.

As such, Carey is not alone in her struggle with mental disorders; there are many others battling mental conditions like bipolar disorder. According to the estimates of the World Health Organization (WHO), over a 12-month period, around 27 percent of the adults in the United States are at an increased risk of experiencing some mental health condition. Additionally, widespread stigma attached with mental disorders prevents many patients from receiving the available treatment.

Key differences between bipolar I and bipolar II disorder

Bipolar disorder type I and II differ in terms of the severity of the mania. While someone undergoing bipolar II disorder or soft bipolar will experience a less severe form of mania known as hypomania, those suffering from bipolar I disorder witness episodes of mania and depression. Bipolar II disorder is characterized by not feeling tired or the need for a lot of sleep, grandiosity or the feeling of superiority over others, engaging in risky behaviors, etc.

People going through a hypomania phase will find it difficult to sleep for more than three hours. As a result, they are constantly irritable and tired the day after. They tend to splurge money unnecessarily and speak rapidly.

Despite being different, there are some common symptoms in both kinds of bipolar disorders. These symptoms include crying spells, extreme tiredness, high energy, suicidal ideation and loss of interest in routine things.

Seek right treatment to manage mental disorders

Bipolar disorder ranks as the sixth leading cause of disability across the world. Though the condition is common in men and women, women display certain symptoms more aggressively than men. For example, it is believed that women experience the severer depression symptoms than men, because of hormone fluctuations during their menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause.

Sovereign Health is a leading name in mental health and behavioral health treatment in the United States. We provide personalized bipolar disorder treatment for women in a trigger-free environment, keeping in mind their individual needs. Our experts offer the highest quality of care for substance abuse, mental disorders and co-occurring conditions in a compassionate way. For more information about bipolar residential treatment for women, call at our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with our representative for further assistance.

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