When celebrities and famous people with bipolar disorder talk openly about their illness, they have an opportunity to reduce the stigma associated with the illness and make it more acceptable to be honest about bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder affects 1% of the general population and yet many people don’t know the bipolar people in their lives. This is most often because people with bipolar disorder don’t speak openly about their illness, not even with their close friends. People diagnosed with bipolar disorder are afraid of the stigma associated with their illness and fear rejection by their loved ones.
The chart-topping singer was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001, but she told People magazine she “lived in denial and isolation” for years. She said she finally sought treatment after a series of professional and romantic issues. “I put positive people around me, and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”