Mariah Carey is one of the most well-known figures in the world, with a phenomenally successful music career and millions of records sold worldwide. The singer and actress have amassed a fortune and established herself as a top performer in the entertainment industry.
However, celebrity and success are not synonymous with happiness and health. Celebrity’s hectic schedules and way of life can hurt mental health. So, how has Mariah Carey dealt with her current mental health crisis?
After the success of her album “Butterfly,” Carey’s career was at its peak in the late 1990s. Following her divorce from business magnate Tommy Mottola, Carey dated Mexican musician Luis Miguel for three years before calling it quits in 2001.
One of the factors that caused her to emotionally and physically break down caused the singer to be hospitalized for extreme tiredness.
Mariah Carey was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type II the same year. This type of bipolar disorder causes both mania and depression symptoms.
Carey kept her diagnosis a secret for a long time. In an interview in 2018, she first discussed her battle with bipolar disease, stating that she did not want to carry a stigma that could harm her career.
Carey deserves praise for having the courage to speak out on such a private and sensitive subject. She requested help and has been receiving treatment since then. Her efforts were aimed at demystifying and normalizing mental health issues.
Why don’t people with bipolar disorder seek treatment right away?
According to the National Institutes of Health, there are four types of bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder.
People suffering from these conditions may experience unusual changes in their energy, mood, and ability to perform routine daily duties or activities.
Carey has type II bipolar disorder, a milder form of the illness than type I bipolar disorder, which can cause full-blown manic episodes.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental diseases typically begin after the age of 25, though they can occasionally begin in adolescence and exceptionally rare in childhood. When the first episode occurs, help with managing this condition should be sought, but many people are hesitant to do so due to stigmas.
According to psychologist Kay Jamieson in her book “Touched By Fire,” some people may be unaware of what is going on with them and may even believe that the changes brought on by the illness are normal and present opportunities for productivity and creativity.