MARIAH CAREY reveals in the new issue of "People" magazine that she suffers from bipolar disorder. But check this out: She was diagnosed in 2001 . . . and she only recently started getting help.
She says, quote, "Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me. It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn't do that anymore.
"I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love . . . writing songs and making music."
Mariah is battling her disease with a combination of therapy and medication, and it seems to be working. And she hopes that she can inspire others by coming forward.
She says, quote, "I'm hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone. It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me."