“If you know someone or if you’re dealing with it yourself, just know that it is possible to live well. I’m living proof of that.” – Demi Lovato
According to Demi Lovato, a former successful Disney star turned pop icon, it is possible to have bipolar disorder and lead a happy life. While the singer has been open about her suffering from the disorder, she now wants to help erase the stigma surrounding it. According to her, as many of her fans must have dealt with mental illness including depression or bipolar disorder, her work towards destigmatizing the same means a lot to them.
Lovato highlighted the fact that one in every five Americans suffers from a mental health condition, where one in every four people suffer from a mental health condition, worldwide. She feels that people with mental health conditions can live well with it as long as they do not struggle in silence and open up about their illness to someone. According to her, it is very important to share one’s experience to get the help needed.
As per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy levels and the ability to carry out daily tasks.
Living with bipolar depression
In 2011, post a history of drug abuse and self-harm, the 24-year-old singer entered rehab where she was diagnosed with bipolar depression, that stage of bipolar disorder, when the person is chronically depressed. Since then, Lovato has spoken about living with mental illness and has been a spokesperson for people suffering from such problems.
Lovato had spoken to Women’s Health in 2015 about her bipolar disorder and had expressed her will to talk about it publicly. She said that she would work towards inspiring others citing her own struggle as an example.
Last year, in 2016, the singer told Allure about her self-realization of helping people. She said that talking about mental health creates a conversation that provides a window for the children to come forward and say that they have a problem and that they need help.
Last week, the singer spoke on the Ellen DeGeneres show about her fight for mental health advocacy. Lovato told the talk show host that she is bipolar and proud and that she lives well with it. Lovato also told DeGeneres that she thinks that it should be the goal of everyone who suffers from a mental illness. In March 2017, Lovato will be celebrating her five years of sobriety.
Help is at hand
As per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mood disorders including bipolar disorder are the third most common cause of hospitalizations in the U.S. and that 2.6 percent American adults live with this ailment. Often confused with other physical conditions, mental disorders go unnoticed due to misdiagnosis.
At Sovereign Health, we understand that bipolar disorder can be extremely distressing and disruptive for those who suffer from it, their families, friends and employers. One must be aware that bipolar disorder can be treated and recovery is possible. An extremely serious illness, bipolar disorder can cause risky behavior and even suicidal tendencies. At Sovereign Health, our trained clinical staff understands that and uses only evidence-based techniques to address all issues pertaining to treating mental health disorders of our patients.
A home away from home, Sovereign Health’s primary objective is to ensure full recovery of all our patients. Contact our experts to know about our various treatment programs that are customized to our patients’ needs. Call our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online with our counselors to get more details on our bipolar residential treatment centers in California and bipolar residential treatment centers in Los Angeles.