Demi Lovato Speaks About Dealing with Bi-Polar Disorder
Demi Lovato may be a platinum-selling recording artist, songwriter, actress, and former Disney star, but she is also a beautiful woman who suffers with bipolar disorder. After a very public breakdown, where she hit a back-up dancer in 2011, Lovato was diagnosed with the mental illness and has recently launched the Lovato’s Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health campaign.
Millions of people suffer from mental illness and with the new campaign, Lovato is hoping to get people to talk about mental illness rather than hiding it. Lovato said,
“It’s important that we’re able to talk about mental health, the more we’re able to talk about it, the more understanding we are, and [the more] compassionate [we can be] about what we’re going through.”
Many people are unfamiliar with bipolar disorder. Demi explained what bipolar disorder is saying,
“Not just something where you’re just all over the place with your emotions, it’s actually a chemical imbalance in your brain and it’s an illness.”
How does Lovato stay healthy? She said eating healthy is a factor:
“I have somebody who cooks my meals for me, I eat them on a schedule, it’s all “food that I would want to put in my body to make sure that I feel better mentally and physically.”
How does Demi handle the disorder when she is on such a busy schedule:
“I go to support groups for addiction, and being able to maintain those support groups and the regularity with those is very difficult when you’re traveling so much, but I just make sure I reach out to people.”
The Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health campaign is a partnership between five mental health advocacy organizations (including the JED Foundation and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI) and the pharmaceutical company Sunovion.
It’s nice to see people starting to speak about Mental Illness. It is not something to be ashamed of and should be treated like any other disease.