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Celebs Reveal Their Truth About Bipolar Disorder. This Proves Once Again That They Are Just Like Us

Date April 13, 2018 14:07

According to reports, an estimated 4.4% of U.S. adults in their lifetimes are affected by bipolar disorder which causes severe changes in energy level and mood that can make day-to-day life extremely difficult without treatment.

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Bipolar disorder

It's a disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.

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The exact cause of bipolar disorder isn’t known, but a combination of genetics, environment, and altered brain structure and chemistry may play a role.

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Manic episodes may include symptoms such as high energy, reduced need for sleep, and loss of touch with reality. Depressive episodes may include symptoms such as low energy, low motivation, and loss of interest in daily activities.

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Mood episodes last days to months at a time and may also be associated with suicidal thoughts. Treatment is usually lifelong and often involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy.

Celebrities who have spoken out about bipolar disorder

Many high-profile, successful people have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 5 million Americans suffer from the condition. Here's a look at some famous people with bipolar, many of whom have become advocates for mental health.

1. Catherine Zeta-Jones

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The Chicago and Intolerable Cruelty actress has spoken about her battle with bipolar disorder for years, especially during her split and subsequent reconciliation with husband, Michael Douglas.

2. Maurice Benard

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Real life inspired the soap star's General Hospital storyline about bipolar disorder. Head writer Bob Guza said, "Maurice wasn't just playing it, he was living it."

3. Demi Lovato

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The singer and former Disney Channel star, who also struggled with bulimia and addiction, became a spokeswoman for mental health awareness campaign Be Vocal in 2015.

I could either not talk about my stint in rehab and hope that it went away, or I could talk about it and inspire people to get help for their issues, as well, so that’s exactly what I did.

4. Jane Pauley

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A TV fixture for decades, the former Today and Dateline host announced her bipolar diagnosis in 2004 and has become an advocate ever since.

When I interviewed Michael J. Fox about Parkinson’s, he didn’t feel ashamed or guilty. If a word makes me feel bad as a patient, why do we keep using it? We can fight attitudes with knowledge and hope.

5. Richard Dreyfuss

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In addition to appearing in Fry's special, the Oscar winner and Jaws star has campaigned for more mental health research. The anxiety that came with his bipolar disorder was once so bad, it felt:

...like the night before the test, and you aren’t really sure about the subject and this balloon of self-loathing starts to swell up. I lived that feeling everyday, every minute of my entire life.

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6. Patty Duke

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Back when few people knew about bipolar disorder or even acknowledged it publicly, the late actress tackled the stigmatization head-on. She published a New York Times best-selling autobiography, "A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness," and lobbied for public awareness for decades.

Mariah Carey's battle with bipolar disorder

The superstar singer just spoke out about receiving her bipolar diagnosis in 2001.

Until recently, I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me. 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.

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Mariah Carey says she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001. She went public with her diagnosis in April 2018, in an interview with People magazine, saying that she now feels she is in a good place managing her mental health.

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

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You can help by learning all you can about the illness, offering hope and encouragement, keeping track of their symptoms, and being a partner in your loved one's treatment.

But caring for a person with bipolar disorder will take a toll if you neglect your own needs, so it's important to find a balance.

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