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Singer and actress Demi Lovato spoke out about her bipolar disorder during the Surviving to Thriving Conference this month, noting that the disorder is simply part of who she is.
The mid-August event hosted by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance was conducted at Kean University and opened by keynote speaker and author Marya Hornbacher. The event was closed by Lovato, who participated in a Q&A.
“When you are able to be authentic, honest, and find the humor in our illness it takes a little of the stigma away,” Lovato said. “Regardless of whether I am 21 or 65, it is a blessing to know that I can get help. Mental illness does not discriminate with age, race or ethnicity.”
Lovato then went on to share her own experience with bipolar disorder.
“It's a part of who I am…I think that everyone can relate. And that covers people who are suffering from mental illnesses or people who are just struggling,” Lovato said. “It's important to have people around you that are going to be there for support in times like that.”
Lovato said she looks up to a lot of people, including her best friends and her family.
Despite suffering from the disorder, Lovato has insisted that doesn’t let the condition affect her career, which is clear in her continuously spot-on performances. During the VMAs, for example, she performed “Really Don’t Care” and was nominated for Best Lyric Video.
Lovato advised those with the condition to take “contrary action” like going to AA meetings, working out and calling your sponsor.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is the leading peer-directed national organization that focuses on both depression and bipolar disorder. The organization helps prevent suicide in people with both disorders, who account for 90 percent of the nation’s suicides each year.
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