Mariah Carey has a secret she’s been carrying around for a long time.
The 48-year-old singer reveals in an interview with People magazine that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001, upon being hospitalized after having a mental and physical breakdown.
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she says of keeping the diagnosis private. “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.”
Carey is now in therapy and taking medication for biopolar II disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, biopolar II disorder is a lot like biopolar I with “moods cycling between high and low over time,” however, “the ‘up’ moods never reach full-blown mania.” The medical website notes that people with this condition “suffer more often from episodes of depression.”
“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,” Carey continues. “Finding the proper balance is what is most important.”
The pop star — who co-parents 6-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan with ex-husband Nick Cannon — also notes that she’s currently back in the studio working on an album that is due out later this year.