Mariah Carey is ready to share insight into coping with bipolar II disorder, and why she kept it a secret for more than 20 years. She sat down with People to shed light on the troubling disorder. Carey explains that she was first diagnosed with it in 2001 after being hospitalized for a breakdown. "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," she says. Carey says she is now receiving treatment and taking medication to treat the disorder, which is characterized by periods of depression, hypomania and mood swings. "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," the "Butterfly" singer tells the magazine. "It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me."
It's the cover story in People Magazine and you can read it HERE