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Mariah Carey Shares Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis & Treatment: 'I Refuse To Allow It To Define Me Or Control Me'

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Speaking her truth.

For a candid interview with People, Mariah Carey has opened up for the first time about her struggles with bipolar disorder. According to MiMi, back when she was diagnosed in 2001, she truly "didn't want to believe it."

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However, after "the hardest couple of years [she's] been through", the celebrated hitmaker recently chose to seek treatment. The We Belong Together singer relayed:

"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. 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."

In case you forgot, the songstress was hospitalized for a physical and mental breakdown back in '01. Even after this hospital stint, Mariah powered on, all the while suffering in silence. Thankfully, these days, the mother of two is committed to therapy and is taking medication for bipolar II.

For those of you who don't know, bipolar II is a disorder that is characterized by depressive and hypomanic episodes. On her mental health work, Mariah shared:

"I'm actually taking medication that seems to be pretty good. It's not making me feel too tired or sluggish or anything like that. Finding the proper balance is what is most important."

We're glad to hear this. As for her struggles, the chart topper also revealed what she experienced:

"For a long time I thought I had a severe sleep disorder. But 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."

But don't fret too much about Nick Cannon's ex, as she's in a "really good place right now." In fact, this is the reason why Mariah felt comfortable enough to speak out. She concluded:

"I'm just in a really good place right now, where I'm comfortable discussing my struggles with bipolar II disorder. 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."

Hear! Hear!

We couldn't be more grateful to Mariah for sharing her story!

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