Mariah Carey, Bryan Tanaka

Mariah Carey and boyfriend Bryan Tanaka are seen exiting Mastro’s steakhouse restaurant after celebrating Bryan’s 35th birthday. Mariah recently revealed her battle with bipolar disorder in an interview with PEOPLE.

“I didn’t want to believe it,” tells PEOPLE of her diagnosis in 2001 after a mental breakdown.

Mariah Carey, Bryan Tanaka

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depression, is a mood disorder characterized by significant wild mood swings from depression to hyper mania, lack of energy and poor judgment, such as spending sprees.

Millions of Americans are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but millions more have no idea they have the disorder (especially within the black community).



Black people who go to their regular practitioner, instead of a psychiatrist, are often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all.

We all have a friend or family member who seems to be moody and quiet on some days, then on other days she excitedly shows off the new Gucci or Prada handbags and shoes she purchased that you know she can’t afford to buy.

That doesn’t mean people who spend recklessly are manic-depressive. Often we take action or suggest they seek therapy when their behavior disrupts their daily lives.

People who have bipolar disorder tend to lose interest in activities or they don’t finish projects they started. They can be very moody one minute then seem high or euphoric the next minute.

Patients with severe forms of bipolar disorder find their lives disrupted when they spend the rent and car payments on unnecessary items such as brand name clothes and handbags. Or they constantly interrupt their co-workers or classroom because they can’t sit still or stop talking.

People with bipolar disorder are often fired from their jobs, which can worsen their depression leading them to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.

Symptoms

The symptoms of bipolar disorder can be categorized in several subtypes, each with a different pattern of symptoms.

Cyclothymic disorder is a mild form of bipolar disorder in which mania and depression can be disruptive, but not as severe as they are with other types of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar II disorder is less severe than bipolar I and is the most undiagnosed of the bipolar disorders. People with bipolar II have an elevated mood, irritability, but their symptoms don’t necessarily disrupt their daily functions. They have a less severe form of mania, and their periods of depression typically last longer than periods of low mania.

Bipolar I disorder is the most serious. These people are most often fired from their jobs for causing disruptions. They also have difficulty maintaining stable relationships. Manic episodes can be severe and dangerous, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Manic Phase of bipolar disorder Signs and Symptoms

  • Euphoria (mania)
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Poor judgment
  • Rapid speech
  • Racing thoughts
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Agitation or irritation
  • Increased physical activity
  • Risky behavior
  • Spending sprees or unwise financial decisions
  • Increased drive to perform or achieve goals
  • Increased sex drive
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Easily distracted
  • Careless or dangerous use of drugs or alcohol
  • Frequent absences from work or school
  • Delusions or a break from reality (psychosis)
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Depressive phase of bipolar disorder Signs and Symptoms

  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Sleep problems
  • Low appetite or increased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of interest in activities once considered enjoyable
  • Problems concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Chronic pain without a known cause
  • Frequent absences from work or school
  • Poor performance at work or school
  •  

    Treatment

    Bipolar disorder requires lifelong treatment, according to the Mayo Clinic. Treatment includes hospitalization, medications and intensive therapy. Patients are treated for their symptoms as well as for substance abuse.

    Medications include Lithium to control mood changes, Anticonvulsants to control seizures, Antipsychotics (Zyprexa, Abilify, Risperdal), Antidepressants, and Anti-anxiety meds (Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Xanax) to control anxiety.

    This has been your Medical Minute.

    More Info On the Web

    Bipolar Disorder – Mayo Clinic

    Bipolar Disorder – Web MD

    The Problem With How We Treat Bipolar Disorder – The NY Times

    Bipolar Disorder – American Psychological Association

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    • Kim’s Original Face

      We been knew this…yall remember when she was on TRL back in the day cutting up…Mimi looks like every where she goes she got a red cup/martini cup in her hand. I just hope shes getting the help she needs she got enough money to get the best medical attention

    • justlooking
    • Trace da Ace

      umm…tell us something new…cause this is OLD NEWS…Mi Mi has always been off in the head….remember that movie “Glitter”?? That was a tell-tell sign as well….and hold up….isn’t her mother mentally challenged (no shade)…I remember hearing something about that back in the day…..

    • Trace da Ace

      I silently died over this meme……but low key it is something us women do…cant have the titties smelling stank….lol

    • SpillyNillie

      Bipolar individuals are very difficult to deal with. Relationships/friendships with someone who’s bipolar are almost impossible.

    • EMILY POST

      She has good albums so…. I like her music but is it
      Bi Polar or getting old and feeling like you are being replaced.? A lot of people in her industry go through the same type of issues when younger and newer artist come out. Didn’t she start really publicly tripping when her ex husband made J-LO a household name.

    • KISSmyENTIREass

      Um really shame and embarrassed? Lady its not AIDS….

    • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

      I pretty much think we all a lil bipolar looking at these symptoms

    • jazmine

      Nah she had a public break down in like ’99 or ’00. Her team has done a good job of keeping the footage off the net but it was pretty bad.

    • KISSmyENTIREass

      Exactly I said the same thing

    • Shira Harding-James

      She was diagnosed 17 years ago so I’m quite sure it has nothing to do with her age now, she was 30 at that time.

    • MsPam

      I’m glad Mariah is getting help, nothing to be ashamed of. The statement about the black community is so true, we are in denial about mental health issues.

    • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

      Spending sprees or unwise financial decisions

      ——
      U can’t take money with u midest well spend it

    • iWasteTime

      This explains the Nick Cannon era …

    • sunni_daze

      Now it all makes sense I guess

    • dontgetblocked

      How is this news? We all saw her breakdown in 2000 and have been calling her cray cray ever since. Why is she bringing this up now? It was NEVER a secret.

    • dontgetblocked

      I agree. Didn’t we already know this from the 2000 nervous breakdown?

    • Shira Harding-James

      She was asked in a interview

    • Shira Harding-James

      Right I was over here checking the list and checking it twice

    • Shira Harding-James

      I know this personally

    • Kemi

      it’s kind of obvious, if you look at her theatrics over the years. She walked off in between a performance recently. It’s great she’s getting the help she needs. There are large estimated ppl living with mental health issues. Nothing to be ashamed of.

    • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

      All of the Aries that I know have mental health issues.

    • iWasteTime

      I say this every time she post about it.
      I’m autistic, bi polar, etc etc

    • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

      Sheeet I think by this list I need to be in 5150 hold ??

    • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

      Yup but Sandra ain’t getting me down today lol

    • Vegas1989

      She lost it when she made Glitter……..The album and the movie bombed….

    • MJF

      “That doesn’t mean people who spend recklessly are manic-depressive. Often we take action or suggest they seek therapy when their behavior disrupts their daily lives.”

      ———————————— what you mean WE??

    • Ni Ni

      True, i think we just call it bad moods. I was in one this morning and snapped on somebody?. I wonder if i can get a check for it and come off the job if im professionally diagnosed?.

    • Kemi

      Everybody is cray cray one way or another. The degree of cray cray differs.

    • MissHarlem

      ? finally because boo we knew.

    • KB

      After dealing with an emotional vampire who was narcissistic & manipulative, I ended all ties. He called me bi-polar & crazy. I told him he better keep his distance or I’ll show him the difference.

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      love Mariah all I got for this …. Bring awareness to this. . Thanks

    • bemetoo

      whats new we all knew Mariah was flying over the coocoo nest

    • FukkFolks2018

      Mimi. Take your meds. I been known this about you. I know your cave demon mom Ms. Patricia suffers from depression too I’ve read.

      I love you to the moon girl. You gonna be ok

    • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

      We should find out bc I need some time off. I feel like I’m breaking down seriously

    • MissHarlem

      Thought of you last night with this.

    • SingleGalCrazyWorld

      Thats the excuse that most narcissist have when you dump them…they never take responsibility for their ish…

    • Kemi

      Exactly, we shouldn’t attach stigmatization to mental illness. We don’t who’s suffering in silence. Might be a close relative or friend. I’m glad she’s bringing the awareness to the forefront.

    • Coy little wink

      I don’t recall the 2000 breakdown…was this when she did TRL?

    • FukkFolks2018

      Yep babe. Her brother whom she cut off and her sister who is the crack head AIDS prostitute…who is also cut off, been saying this. Morgan and Allison. Its So not new. Glad she finally admitted it tho.

    • FukkFolks2018

      Yep

    • Haley C

      I love you Mimi! And you’re so brave for sharing this & addressing this. The industry can be cruel but you still prevail. You’re an icon & my inspiration for years ??

    • ?Sugar&Spice?

      Love Mariah! bi tri or quadruple polar.

    • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

      i admire her for this! lots suffer, years ago Jennifer Lewis revealed her bipolarness on Oprah

    • Haley C

      I really get offended when people talk bad about MC, am I bipolar too?

    • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

      naw you just got wut Tiffany Haddish got with lyin

    • Ni Ni

      Oh, i totally understand… believe me. I hope it gets better for you and you’re able to get that much needed and well deserved break ?.

    • FukkFolks2018

      Glitter movie and album indeed bombed but then the record company paid her to go away as a direct result. She won in the end. Majorly.

      https://mobile.nytimes.com/2002/01/24/us/record-label-pays-dearly-to-dismiss-mariah-carey.html

    • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

      Thanks

    • Alextra Ballard

      Well that explains why Mariah and her ex James Packer couldn’t get along…he too has mental issues. He signed himself into a psych facility not to long ago. I usta work in at a mental facility and sometimes it could be very stressful. I eventually left after finding two patients who had hung themselves and a female who handed me her left eyeball. That was it for me. Mental illness is real.

    • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

      I hope it gets better for u too

    • ?Royalty?

      Right? This was no shock. ?

      Anytime a grown woman is that obsessed with butterflies, glitter, not aging, mind altering substances and expresses unbridled and irrational jealousy and envy for other women – she’s lunatic.

      *shrug*

    • MissHarlem

      I was seriously relieved for her. I never joked on her negatively even when she was asking for it because it’s obvious.

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      Bring awareness to folks enlightment … The fact that she can admit this says a lot… A true demon mental case would not … Unless they get caught and need to use it as an excuse for their fawked up ways …

    • Blue

      I’m rooting for this woman.

    • bemetoo

      frfr shes one nutty buddy

    • Kemi

      You read my mind. It takes courage for some ppl to admit there’s something wrong with them mentally. While some are in denial and continue to perpetuate hurt/harm onto themselves and others. Bravo to her, no matter how long it took her to share it with the world.

    • Miss Thang

      I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in 2005. I didn’t want to believe it then, but after over a decade of pain and chaos, I finally ended up being put on a 72 hour hold in the psych unit at the hospital. That was my personal rock bottom. I have since gone back on meds, going to therapy twice per week, and seeing a psychiatrist. I believe that God is guiding me and I’m FINALLY listening and obeying him after all this time instead of listening and obeying other humans and my own brain which was guiding me towards self destruction and suicide.

      I have always been a fan of Mariah’s music, and I am so glad to see a woman standing in her truth regardless of what anyone may think. This is true strength. Rock on, Mariah!

    • klwbaby

      Thank u for sharing your story.

    • starbright9449

      WHAT!!!????!!!!

    • isaiit

      We would all be surprised at how many of our entertainers, politicians, and many just just regular working folks are bipolar.

    • Alextra Ballard

      Yes ma’am….I can tell you stories you wouldn’t believe. That’s why I am genuinely concerned about Kanye. I hope hes getting the help he needs. Which I doubt. Somebody needs to really see about kanye because kim surely isn’t. Got him walking around with that dusty pank dye in his head…lookn all unkept.

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      And it’s a lot…

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      Totally agree

    • Shira Harding-James

      Nope not on this Friday eve!

    • Miss Thang

      I don’t understand why she keeps having kids with this man. He’s not well.

    • Alextra Ballard

      Miss I’m wishing you nothing but the best.

    • Karen Brady

      None of it is funny my people. I’m on the low end of the spectrum.. my sister on the high. I HEAR & LOVE YOU Mariah! ….With your crazy azz! :-) :-) . ..Kidding!

    • Karen Brady

      Stay strong Miss. Thang. God’s got you. Just stay on the meds.. can’t stress that enough.

    • Karen Brady

      !!!!

    • Kanyade

      this is nothing to mess with. blessings up for her. stay medicated and in treatment, so crucial.

    • Rhyme and Reason

      Some comments on another site was saying that she’s only revealing this because she has new music, but I think after seeing herself on her reality TV Show, she said enuf, and faced herself, head on!

      Go Mariah! Rooting for you!

    • teather

      She was in denial but everyone around her has been praying forever. No wonder! She was just unraveling by the minute. I think the real reason she got treatment was because of her children. Kids don’t allow you to have “illnesses” or anything of that type. They focus on self, as she always has. So, now that they’re older, some consequential things have sure happened. I think the full story will be revealed one day that her ability to care for her children safely, was at stake and she HAD to decide to get treatment. Happy for her the kids and Nick. This is why their marriage couldn’t last. She was medicating with other things rather than just getting the help she needed. Thank God.

    • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

      Not today!!

    • Logan Roberts

      Was it a Pisces?

    • ?Royalty?

      I think my stalker has this. ? They say this disorder and schizophrenia is prevalent among people who stalk others.

    • ?Royalty?

      Lol? My money is on an extremely clingy Cancer.

    • ?Royalty?

      Preach. ????

    • ?Royalty?

      ???

    • Tausha T. W.

      She needs to quit drinking cuz that exacerbates the illness.

      At least she can afford healthcare.

    • i troll it like i see it

      I’m on the low end of the spectrum too. You just have to actively manage yourself and things can be fine. You have to care about your health. I’m glad Mariah is okay. Some of us end up dead.

    • i troll it like i see it

      You are not alone. Keep taking care of yourself! This brought me to tears!

    • i troll it like i see it

      Kanye, Tyrese, Chris Brown and honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if Halle Berry was bipolar too because I recognize some of her behavior as well over the years.

    • i troll it like i see it

      Exactly. Many people are bipolar. I think TV and movies give people the impression that folks have to be displaying some out of control behavior or depressed all the time but it’s not like that if you are managing.

    • i troll it like i see it

      Glitter was horrendous, I tried to defend it and the soundtrack back in the day cause I love Mariah, but yeah, it was a disaster.

    • i troll it like i see it

      In Mariah’s case yes, everyday folk will be in their closet on the floor crying when the money is gone for the month and don’t know how you’re gonna gas the car!

    • Kimberly King

      She’s an Aries. They’re all bipolar.

    • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

      I am bipolar; extreme highs and lows. During the manic phase, I channel my energy in to my work and fitness routine.

      When “the wave” (my expression for depression) starts crashing on the shore, I have to force myself to continue to work out, eat right, rest, and stay on top of my goals. I don’t take meds… and maybe I should… but a lot of the meds typically used to treat this disorder, will leave you feeling like you’re in a fog.

    • MistaO

      Try being married to one…????

    • the guest

      I am writing to enlighten that PMDD is real. Many sisters/women’s lives are destroyed by their menstral cycles. PMDD is often misdiagnosed as bipolar and therefore untreated. PMDD is not PMS. Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed to seek understanding of and help for PMDD.

      Brothers/men need to be educated about PMDD too because their understanding will help mothers, sisters, aunts, girlfriends, wives, daughters who have PMDD.

    • Miss Thang

      It took years for me to get my meds sorted. working out, eating well, resting, and managing stress is also very important for me. But, I’m afraid I’m too high of a suicide risk without my meds.

    • zero options

      Damn right on both counts.

    • MythCalledLove

      That’s why her relationships fail. Its hard for some to adapt to her illness. See it as a negative look. And if she tries to go off her meds. Its not a good thing. Dating someone with ADD/ADHD is not easy. I hv it and it is hard. Never on time, hyperfocus among a list waaay to long. Any illness people in your life need to know what to expect. Many with mental illness don’t reveal it thinking it will run a person away. They runaway because they don’t understand your behavior. Many are walking around afraid to get treatment. If all this gender and acceptance of those considered opening up the door that was closed. You can’t tell me mental illness can’t get the same treatment. Its been in the shadows for too long. And mental illnesses exist in many of these trying to gain acceptance.

    • justlooking

      I am certain you have neva done it in public.

      ???

    • https://www.thewhatsup.org Hair Lova ???

      When I heard this yesterday I was not surprised. Mariah is always over the top and odd at times. I am glad she’s speaking her truth, it may help others. I work with people with mental health issues and that ish ain’t not joke.

      Well wishes to her. I know she has a strong community behind her.

    • KcoolMuziq

      That explains a lot. I’ve had many stalkers.
      I always wondered what was the real deal about Mariah’s breakdown years ago.I give her props. It takes a LOT of guts to admit this.

    • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

      For me, the manic phase is fun! It’s live the world has suddenly bursts into high definition with surround sound! The lows can be very scary. Have you tried to harm yourself in the past?

    • Miss Thang

      The manic phase can be fun if I’m happy but it can get irritating because I can’t calm down at all. I can work out really hard for a few hours and still can’t ever calm down and then Im super irritable because I’m tired and I want to rest but I cannot calm down. So then I get desperate for rest and I have to self medicate with alcohol to calm down. Weed is good but I tend to get paranoid. I tend to drive recklessly too when I’m manic and get into car accidents so it’s risky. I tried to kill myself when I was 11 after my mom remarried 2 years after my father died. I tried to kill myself last Thanksgiving after my uncle divorced my aunt and stopped talking to the whole family. He was Iike a second father to me.

    • KB

      Capricorn

    • KB

      I stay clear of Pisces.

    • parisjok

      not true

    • parisjok

      anyone who has this in their family knows this to be true

    • parisjok

      bless you and so happy u are on the right track

    • parisjok

      oh my God

    • parisjok

      because she is so rich with plenty of help and family

    • parisjok

      yes yes yes

    • Kimberly King

      It is. My word is the law. ?

    • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

      I’m sorry to hear about your suicide attempts. I hope this year is a better year for you. Family issues can be very problematic for folks with mental health issues.

      I have learned to avoid my “triggers,” because prolonged stress can send me plummeting into a very dark place. I don’t mind the mania, because it doesn’t interfere with my sleep. When the lows come, I experience insomnia and can’t shut my brain off. I’m exhausted and I can’t sleep. Then, I start obsessing over everything.

    • Miss Thang

      thank you for the well wishes :) I wish you good health as well. I avoid my triggers too.

    • EMILY POST

      Extremely Vain womens kryptonite is age and being replaced… she flipped the f out when her husband told her he would make another one of her and paraded J Lo around in the 2000s. Stress can cause people to really flip out. I didn’t say when she was diagnosed with being unstable or bipolar … you can be bipolar and not have episodes.