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Mariah Carey Opens Up About Her Battle with Bi-Polar Disorder

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PEOPLE magazine just released this week’s issue, and it features Mariah Carey on the cover. The legendary pop star sat down with the pop culture publication’s Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Cagle, to open up about her personal life and her 16-year battle with bi-polar disorder.

Carey told Cagle, “I didn’t want to believe it,” when she found out she was about her diagnosis in 2001. This happened when the singer took time away from her career because she was hospitalized for a physical and mental breakdown – something fans remember well.  

She says recent years have been some of the “hardest…I’ve been through,” referring to her reality show and relationship woes.

For years, Mariah said nothing, dealing with being bi-polar in silence, but she’s done hiding.

“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she told PEOPLE’s EIC. “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 continued, saying, “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.”

PEOPLE reports the chart-topping songbird is currently in therapy and taking medication for bi-polar II disorder. Her condition involves spats of depression and hypomania, which is a less severe state of mania, but can still cause irritability, sleeplessness, and hyperactivity.

I'm grateful to be sharing this part of my journey with you. @mrjesscagle @people

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