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Mariah Carey Just Revealed That She Has Bipolar II Disorder, Here’s What You Should Know About The Mental Illness

With eighteen No. 1 hit songs, a “diva” reputation, which she proudly owns, and a Guinness World Records holder for having hit the highest note in the history of recorded music, Mariah Carey is an artist known for her brazen voice. Yet, in a recent interview, the songstress opened up about how she has kept quiet about a very personal issue for years.

In a profile piece for People magazine, Carey revealed that for years she has lived with bipolar II disorder, a mental illness that causes her to experience periods of depression as well as hypomania.

Carey’s diagnosis dates back to 2001, when she experienced an extremely publicized “breakdown.”

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In late July of 2001, the part-Venezuelan singer’s rep’s explained that she had been hospitalized for “extreme exhaustion” after she had displayed off behavior in a series of public events. Days before her admission to a hospital, Carey, who had been on a promotion tour for her film “Glitter” and its soundtrack, made an impromptu appearance on “TRL,” catching the show’s host Carson Daley off guard. She walked on to the stage pushing an ice cream cart and later performed a light “striptease.”

Acknowledging her strange behavior, Carey ranted to Carson during live recording “Ice cream is important, you know what I’m saying? You could have drama all day long. Whatever, we all do these things, but the problem is if you don’t’ have ice cream in your life, sometimes you might just go a little bit crazy and I’m not doing that. Do you guys like my shirt?”

A week after her hospitalization, her publicist told media outlets that she was under psychiatric care after Carey had experienced an “emotional and physical breakdown.” All of her scheduled public appearances were canceled. At the time, MTV News reported that Carey had told them in an interview just before her breakdown that her busy schedule was deeply affecting her. “I’m honestly really, really delirious and stressed out and overworked and doing too much,” she said. “I haven’t slept in like two weeks, and that’s an important detail for you to know.”

In her interview with People, Carey explained that for a while she chalked up her symptoms to a sleep disorder.

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“But it wasn’t normal insomnia, and I wasn’t lying awake counting sheep,” she said. “I was irritable and in constant fear of letting people down. It turns out that I was experiencing a form of mania.”

Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder characterized by atypical shifts in mood and energy. The illness is distinguished by “up” and “down,” or manic and depressed, phases. For Carey, her bipolar II disorder symptoms are less severe than the ones associated with bipolar I, which carries symptoms that are so extreme they can last for at least a week and be severe enough to require hospitalization.

In her interview, Carey explained that in her manic phases she tended to overwork herself and experience insomnia, which is a common effect of manic episodes. These mood swings, Carey explained, often left her feeling “lonely” and “guilty.”

Carey’s decision to come forward about her health stems from a desire to end the stigma attached to mental illness.

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Mental illnesses have long been shrouded with stigmas and caused many who experience bipolar disorder to feel shame, guilt or inadequacy. Fortunately, Carey sees the many disadvantages to the inaccurate and harmful beliefs around mental illness and is using her platform to quash them as much as possible.

“I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone,” Carey explained. “It can be incredibly isolating.”

Read: People On The Internet Are Questioning Why Mariah Carey Is Being Honored At VH1’s Hip Hop Honors But This List Will Answer Everything

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After Two Parkland Students Commit Suicide, Community Unites To Share Mental Health Resources


After Two Parkland Students Commit Suicide, Community Unites To Share Mental Health Resources

One year after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., two students have died in apparent suicides, compelling the community to come together and share mental health resources.

On Saturday, a sophomore at the school, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting last year, took his own life. One week prior, Sydney Aiello, 19, a recent Stoneman Douglas graduate who lost her best friend in the massacre, also ended her life.

As the Florida’s emergency chief Jared Moskowitz calls for the state Legislature to send more mental health resources for the high school’s students and faculty, calling mental health a “bipartisan issue” on Twitter, the community has stepped in where the state government has been slow to respond.

On Sunday, more than 60 school, county, city, child services and law enforcement officials, as well as mental health specialists, teachers and parents, met for an emergency meeting. Ryan Petty, father of Alaina Petty, a 14-year-old freshman who was murdered on Feb. 14. 2018, said that the school district will be giving parents the “Columbia Protocol, six questions that parents should ask their children, the Miami Herald reports. Based on their answers, they will know what emergency resources are available to them. Additionally, nonprofits are offering free therapy groups and services.

Online, it’s students, former and current, who are using social media to offer resources to those still suffering from the trauma and loss of last year’s school shooting. David Hogg, who graduated from Stoneman Douglas in 2018 and has become a fierce anti-gun advocate, took to Twitter, reminding Parkland students and grads that trauma doesn’t go away quickly.

“Stop saying you’ll get over it,'” he wrote. “You don’t get over something that never should have happened because those that die from gun violence are stolen from us not naturally lost. Trauma and loss don’t just go away, you have to learn to live with it through getting support.”

According to Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, who spoke with Teen Vogue, witnessing traumatic events can lead to symptoms consistent with acute stress disorder, including recurring memories, dreams or nightmares of the event; mood changes; irritability and more. These memories, she adds, can lead to negative thoughts, hopelessness, trouble sleeping and more.

Hogg wants youth to know that these symptoms are normal and that they can be managed through help, like therapy, talking with friends and family, meditation and self-care practices.

He, along with others, shared his own self-care routine.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, know there is help available. For immediate support, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis and are unsure where to turn, you can also reach out to the Crisis Text Line by sending HOME to 741741.

Read: Survivor Of Florida School Shooting Emma Gonzalez Is Turning Her Anger Into Political Activism

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These Empowering Latina Jams Are Perfect To Add To Your Galentine’s Day Playlist


These Empowering Latina Jams Are Perfect To Add To Your Galentine’s Day Playlist

Happy Galentine’s Day, mamis! What, you never heard of the holiday? According to Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, who made it a thing, “it’s only the best day of the year.” And she ain’t lying. Galentine’s Day, observed February 13, is a day to celebrate love — between your hermanas!

As the fictional character played by Amy Poehler in the series said, it’s “ladies celebrating ladies.” Whether you’re single or in a relationship, it’s a time to bring your closest gals together, either for brunch, evening cocktails, mani-pedis or an old-school slumber party, and bask in the beauty, love and joy of your friendship.

No Galentine’s Day commemoration would be complete without some girl power tunes. Here, a celebration playlist you and your bella squad can bang out to while toasting to being ride-or-dies.

1. Remind your mamis what’s in store for them this Galentine’s Day with “Ladies Night.”

This Lil’ Kim classic, featuring Boricua Angie Martinez, Left Eye, Da Brat and Missy Elliot, will undoubtedly get the squad hyped for the Galentine’s festivities to come.

2. Today’s all about feelin’ good, so you have to bring out Demi Lovato’s “Confident.”

On Galentine’s Day, you shower your femme squad with compliments — as you probably do any day of the week — and try your best to make sure the whole gang knows their worth.

3. Remind your nenas they are bomb just as they are with Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy Yo.”

Sure, if we’re being real with our chicas, as we should be, there’s room for all of us to grow as individuals, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t great already. Colombiana Li Saumet will have all the gals loving on themselves, and all their complexities, with this 2016 banger.

4. If this is a single ladies kind of festivity, pull out Paloma Mami’s “Not Steady.”

If your squad is the type that yells “soltera para siempre” as they toast their champagne, you need this chilena’s bop about not wanting to settle down blasting at the pari.

5. Remind your amigas that lovers “Can’t Hold Us Down” with this Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim classic.

Even if your squad is mixed, with single ladies and mujeres in relationships, both will appreciate la ecuatoriana’s still-relevant message about not letting your boo, or the patriarchy, keep you down.

6. After all, you can’t tame a boss bitch.

Just ask puertorriqueña Kelis, whose 2006 jam “Bossy,” featuring Too $hort, will have all the girls embracing their inner jefa.

7. Ride out with the nenas as the car radio blares Selena Gomez’s “Me & My Girls.”

Pre-game: check. It’s time to hit the dance floor, and this young mexicana will have you and your chicas feelin’ alive and set to shake the night away.

8. Put your worries aside with Mariah Carey’s “It’s Like That.”

As the venezolana says, “no stress, no fights … no tears, no time to cry.” Tonight is all about you and your girls livin’ it up. So heed Mariah’s advice and “open off that Bacardi” and feel “so hot tamale.”

9. Feelin’ it yet? Good! ‘Cause Cardi B’s “Money Bag” is about to have all the mamis twerking.

Like the dominicana’s own “bloody gang,” your crew is so bad that you’re out on the dance floor lookin’ “like bridesmaids,” so do like Cardi and drop that confident ass low.

10. But make sure Ivy Queen’s “Quiero Bailar” reminds everybody else that this is a Galentine’s Day party.

Swaying those hips is catching some attention. No one hates when some of the girls dance up with folk who aren’t in the crew, but let the Bori reggaetonera let the desperadxs know this is a girls’ night and the crew is going home together — punto.

Read: Watching Women In Her Life Abandon Relationships When Romance Arrives, This Latina Is Calling For A New Love Hierarchy

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