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'It Can Be Incredibly Isolating.' Mariah Carey Opens Up About Her Bipolar II Disorder

From TIME - April 11, 2018

Pop star Mariah Carey revealed her struggles with bipolar II disorder, after almost two decades of silence.

Im just in a really good place right now, where Im comfortable discussing my struggles with bipolar II disorder, the singer told People. Im hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone. It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.

Bipolar II is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings that vacillate between emotional highs and lows, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). Unlike bipolar I, bipolar II does not typically include manic episodeslong-lasting highs so extreme they may prompt reckless or dangerous behavior, and even require hospitalizationbut it still involves mood swings and resulting sleep, energy and behavioral disturbances.

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