Bipolar disorder stigma can delay diagnosis

Mariah Carey’s revelation of bipolar disorder — a condition that was first diagnosed in 2001 — may help others with the condition to share their experience as well, experts say. Many patients keep their diagnosis a secret, fearing personal and career fallout because of the stigma attached to mental illness. That was certainly true of Carey who says she had been struggling in silence for over a decade. "Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she told People Magazine. “I was so terrified of losing everything. I convinced myself the only...

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