Mariah Carey opens up about her battle with bipolar disorder


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Mariah Carey has spoken for the first time about her 17-year battle with bipolar disorder.

The singer told People she was first diagnosed with the condition in 2001 after a mental breakdown which resulted in her being admitted to hospital.

Carey, who has sold 200 million records worldwide, said she only recently has sought medical treatment, which has caused her to have periods of depression and hypomania, which can cause irritability and insomnia.

She added that for a long time she thought she had "severe sleep disorder" but whilst working on her album in the studio realised "it wasn't normal insomnia".

 

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