Singer O’Riordan’s life was difficult with bipolar disorder, depression and sexual assault

Singer O’Riordan’s life was difficult with bipolar disorder, depression and sexual assault

The sudden death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has left many unanswered questions behind. The 46-year-old Irish singer, who had been in London for a short recording session, died on Jan. 15, 2018. She was found dead at the London Hilton hotel, where she was staying. The Police classified her death as “unexplained.”

O’Riordan started singing when she was just five years old and by 12 years, she was penning down her own music. In spite of acquiring fame at a young age, life was not perfect for the “Linger” singer. She suffered from mental disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder, and was a victim of sexual abuse as a young girl.

Sexually abused for 4 years

In 2013, O’Riordan had confessed to being a victim of sexual abuse as a child. According to the singer, the abuse, which started when she was eight years old and continued for four years, was done by someone whom she trusted. During an interview with a leading magazine, O’Riordan had said that the incident was something that she had carried all her life and had not revealed to anyone.

She added that opening up about the incident and confessing her feelings had given her an immense sense of relief and had helped take off a great burden from her shoulders. “It is cleansing,” she said. The “Zombie” singer credited her family, especially her three children, for being elemental in her healing process, which included years of counseling.

Dealing with “demons” inside

In November 2014, the Limerick star was taken off an Aer Lingus flight at the JKF airport, New York, following a disturbance on the flight. After deboarding, the singer admitted to air rage, during which she committed four offenses, including assaulting three police officers and a flight attendant.

During the trial, O’Riordan’s medical reports revealed that at the time of the incident, she had been suffering from mental illness, mania and severely impaired judgment and that she remembered nothing about the incident. Post her court proceedings, the singer had urged others suffering from mental illnesses to seek help.

In an interview later that year, O’Riordan had confessed to be dealing with “demons” and that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She revealed to have struggled with extreme mood swings throughout her life. She had been on the hypomanic side of the spectrum and had apparently dealt with some of the extreme symptoms of mania.

The same year, the “Dream” singer had told the Belfast Telegraph that she suffered from a “terrible self-loathing” and that she had tried to overdose the previous year. Her self-loathing had begun to manifest itself in her behavior and had resulted in her eating disorder, depression and breakdowns.

Depression “one of the worst things”

In 2016, the star had revealed how she had battled mental illnesses and had even attempted suicide in 2013. During an interview with the Irish News, she had confessed to having had a hard time losing her father and mother-in-law. According to her, whatever the causes may be, depression was “one of the worst things.” She also spoke about her struggle with alcohol. According to recent reports by the singer’s friends, in the weeks before her death, O’Riordan was “dreadfully depressed” and her mental health was in a “bad shape.”

Dealing with mental disorders

A state of well-being, the term mental health refers to one’s emotional, behavioral and cognitive well-being. While good mental health is about being emotionally, socially and cognitively healthy, a mental illness can impact his/her physical and emotional health and adversely affect the ability to function.

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