By Joanne Rosa

Today was just another Wednesday morning until the cover of People magazine hits newsstands around the world with Mariah Carey’s biggest secret. For the first time, Mariah Carey shared her ongoing battle with bipolar disorder.

I’m grateful to be sharing this part of my journey with you. @mrjesscagle @people

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.” There are four types of bipolar disorder, and Mariah was diagnosed with bipolar II. Bipolar II is “defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, but not the full-blown manic episodes described above.” Mariah is taking medication and actively in therapy. She told People her medication “seems to be pretty good. It’s not making me feel too tired or sluggish or anything like that. Finding the proper balance is what is most important.”

Nick Cannon, Mariah’s ex-husband spoke with Us Weekly in 2017 about how unfair the press is to Mariah. “I feel like it’s unfair and the press can just mistreat someone for headlines because they spin the story the way they want to spin it… The people who are my loved ones, I’m always concerned for them… I’ll always stand up for anybody that’s being mistreated, misquoted.”

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Mariah is currently in the studio working on her album due to release later this year.