This week in PEOPLE, superstar, Mariah Carey reveals that she has been battling Bipolar Disorder since 2001. Bipolar disorder is a disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. Carey says for years she just, "didn't want to believe it."
In this candid interview, Carey says "until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me," she said. "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 also shares that she is now seeking therapy and taking the necessary medication for bipolar II disorder. Stating that her medication is working well and "It's not making [her] feel too tired or sluggish or anything like that," And that "Finding the proper balance is what is most important."
On Wednesday, Mariah Carey tweeted the cover of the magazine. Simply Stating, "I'm grateful to be sharing this part of my journey with you."
Carey is hopeful that "...we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone," because "It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me."