Mariah Carey has publicly thanked her fans for their “overwhelming support” after she revealed that she has bipolar disorder.
The singer posted a photo of herself smiling while posing for a photographer on Instagram and used it to share a message of hope with her fans.
“I’ve been hard at work, feeling inspired by each of your stories and uplifted by your overwhelming support. Let’s continue to encourage each other on our journeys,” she wrote.
I’ve been hard at work, feeling inspired by each of your stories and uplifted by your overwhelming support. Let’s continue to encourage each other on our journeys.
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Her followers were keen to return her love, commenting “Queen”, “Beautiful” and “Gorgeous”.
Mariah recently revealed that she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001 when she had a breakdown, but that she didn’t believe it at the time.
However, having had “the hardest couple of years I’ve been through”, she has now decided to receive treatment.
“I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she told People magazine. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore.
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“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.”
Mariah added that she hopes “we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone”.
“It can be incredibly isolating,” she said. “It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.”
Readers affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans free on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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