Mariah Carey's Battle With Bipolar Disorder & More Celebs With Mental Illness

INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 24:  Singer Mariah Carey attends Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Mariah Carey's Battle With Bipolar Disorder & More Celebs With Mental Illness

Stories of triumph and tragedy.

Published April 11, 2018

This week Mariah Carey revealed to People for the first time ever her battle with bipolar disorder. She was initially diagnosed in 2001 and was even hospitalized for a breakdown. “I didn’t want to believe it,” the superstar told the mag.

Mariah is not the only star to wage a public battle with mental illness. From depression to bipolar disorder, stars run into issues just like the rest of us. Here, some other celebrities who have suffered from mental illnesses.

  1. Mariah Carey

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

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

  2. Jay Bowdy

    Just me being me and staying ready for all the challenges. #ActorsLife #NotOffDay #hustler #EatorGetAte

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    Up and coming actor Jay Bowdy tragically ended his own life on a Facebook Live video. His method of suicide is still unknown, but family and friends are alluding to signs of depression. He is survived by his wife and four children. Our prayers are with his family at this time. 

  3. Kid Cudi

    The Cleveland rapper sought help for suicidal ideation in October 2016.

  4. Selena Gomez

    The pop singer dropped out of the spotlight earlier this year after treatment for her lupus led to anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Actress/singer Selena Gomez attends the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
  5. Chris Brown

    Royalty’s daddy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder back in 2014.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 22:  Singer Chris Brown attends the 1st Annual Xmas Toy Drive hosted by himself and Brooklyn Projects on December 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
  6. Jenifer Lewis

    The Black-ish matriarch’s bipolar disorder was triggered in 1990 following her father’s death. “It’s hard to accept that you have a problem,” she said in an interview. “You think everyone cries themselves to sleep. You should ask yourself why am I so depressed, why am I so angry with my children, angry with my partner… why am I depressed, or over the top?”

  7. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

    The Rock may be a tough guy, but he wasn’t afraid to open up to The Hollywood Reporter about his past bouts with depression

    MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 18:  Actor Dwayne Johnson attends the Latin American Premiere of Paramount Pictures "HERCULES" at Cinemex Antara on August 18, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico.  (Photo by Victor Chavez/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)
    (Photo: Victor Chavez/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)
  8. Wayne Brady

    The super-talented comedian told Entertainment Tonight about hitting bottom with his depression on his 42nd birthday. “I was there by myself, in my bedroom and I had a complete breakdown.… Just go ahead and imagine for yourself a brother in his underwear, in his room, you got snot…and that birthday was the beginning of, ‘OK, I’ve got to make a change.’” He wrote the tweet below after Robin Williams committed suicide.

  9. Halle Berry

    The actress attempted suicide after her marriage to David Justice fell apart. “I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming when I had an image of my mother finding me,” she told Parade magazine

    RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Actress Halle Berry attends the 2016 MAKERS Conference Day 2 at the Terrenea Resort on February 2, 2016 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for AOL)
    (Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images for AOL)
  10. Demi Lovato

    The singer’s Be Vocal campaign encourages people to take care of their mental health. Lovato has bipolar disorder.

    LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22:  Singer Demi Lovato attends the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
    (Photo: David Becker/Getty Images)
  11. Brandon Marshall

    The Denver Broncos' linebacker created Project Borderline to help other people who suffer from borderline personality disorder.

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 18:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on October 18, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
  12. Metta World Peace

    The former Laker star, once known as Ron Artest, has been very open about his need to see a psychologist to treat his depression.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Ron Artest #37 of the Los Angeles Lakers on the court against the Memphis Grizzlies on November 6, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
  13. Lisa Nicole Carson

    The actress — who will soon appear in BET’s New Edition biopic and has filmed an episode of Centric’s “Being” about her mental illness — dropped out of the spotlight for years while battling bipolar disorder

  14. DMX

    X has a history of bipolar disorder. In 2010, the rapper spent part of his incarceration at the Arizona State Prison Complex in the mental health unit

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  Rapper DMX speaks during the 2012 Rock the Bells Festival press conference and Fan Appreciation Party on at Santos Party House on June 13, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
  15. T.I.

    The Atlanta rapper told Larry King that paranoia and depression led to his 2007 arrest for attempting to illegally purchase firearms.

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29:  T.I. arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of Marvel Studios 'Ant-Man' at Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
  16. Nina Simone

    After her death, it was revealed that the soul-shaking singer pushed back against severe depression and bipolar disorder.

    Portrait of the singer Nina Simone, October 1969. (Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  17. Janet Jackson

    In 1998, the singer and actress told The Washington Post that she kept her depression to herself for years. “I remember, even after the ‘Rhythm Nation’ tour in 1990, when I was in my early twenties, I was really bummed out. Looking back on it now, it was depression. But it hits a lot of people — and a lot of artists — and I didn't know that. Nobody ever talked about that in my family — I still haven’t talked to anybody in my family about it.”

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28:  Honoree Janet Jackson performs onstage during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)
    (Photo: Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Written by Kenrya Rankin

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