A few months ago, I started this section, “Celebrities with Bipolar.” It’s meant to help all of you understand that being diagnosed with bipolar disorder does not limit your dreams or your success. Speaking from a personal point of view, when I was first diagnosed in 2000, my toughest battle was within myself. I automatically felt as though my success was limited, and my diagnosis would limit my opportunities. The only limitation is in your mind; you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. What better example than celebrities, who earn millions of dollars each year and mingle with high society. Money may not mean happiness, but in society, we often compare ourselves to those who seem to have it all. That’s why it’s important to not look at what celebrities have that we don’t, but to observe how bipolar didn’t limit their success, and it shouldn’t limit ours…right?
That’s why I want all of you to take a moment right now before continuing, to define what success means to you. Forget about all the limitations you’ve placed on yourself because of your diagnosis because it’s not going to matter anymore. Why? Because the only limitation holding you back is the one you’ve placed on yourself.
Let’s get started,
Demi Lovato: Singer, Songwriter, and Actress
Demi Lovato has been living with bipolar since diagnosed back in 2011. She was diagnosed after completing inpatient treatment at Timberline Knolls.
“On January 28, 2011, Lovato completed inpatient treatment at Timberline Knolls and returned home. She acknowledged that she had had
Demi Lovato was born in 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lovato started out as a child actor, performing on Barney & Friends. She later was part of a show called on Disney Channel in 1997. Around the same time, she landed the starring role in the movie Camp Rock.
To understand how ambitious, Lovato was, during the filming of Camp Rock, she was also recording 3 songs while having several solo releases. From 2012-2013, Demi Lovato was a judge on the television show, The X Factor.
For many years, Lavato didn’t know what was going on with her mental state, which is why it took years to get a correct diagnosis. People around her did suspect she was depressed, but then mania would kick in, making her feel invincible. During manic periods,
“ Demi says she’d stay up until 5 a.m. and write seven songs in one night. “Sometimes I felt invincible, and it was these moments when my mind would go all over the place,” she says. Not knowing what was behind her behavior led to addiction.”- womenshealthmag.com
In an interview with BeVocalSpeakup.com, she stated the following:
“Getting a diagnosis was kind of a relief. It helped me start to make sense of the harmful things I was doing to cope with what I was experiencing.”- BeVocalSpeakup.com
Mental health advocacy is very important to her, and she works with many groups trying to promote mental health awareness.
It’s very important to read stories like this because they motivate you to keep pushing forward. Think about it, Demi Lovato didn’t let her diagnosis limit her success. In fact, it pushed her to create a new passion for herself. She is now working hard at increasing bipolar awareness, helping others accept their diagnosis. For example, in a recent interview, she said something very interesting:
“Now I had no choice but to move forward and learn how to live with it, so I worked with my healthcare professional and tried different treatment plans until I found what works for me.” – BeVocalSpeakup.com
I think we should all use this statement as motivation to keep pushing forward, and work closely with healthcare professionals and the bipolar community to find what works best. Over the years, some of the best information on treatment options I read came from bipolar communities. These were real life people living with bipolar who were motivated to change their lives. They provided great advice, which I still follow today. Living with bipolar is tough because mentally it can drain you. The negative thinking about what the future holds can influence your mood. However, be patient, and keep pushing forward because there’s light at the end of the tunnel…you just need to go through looking for it. J
In the end, I would like to say one more thing…
I’m not writing about celebrities living with bipolar to push the importance of money or success. Both are defined by the person internally. However, it’s important for you to understand that bipolar does not discriminate. It affects people of all ages, religion, color, sizes with or without money.
I would love to hear feedback so don’t hesitate to write a comment below.
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