Mariah Carey on Why She Kept Her Bipolar Disorder Hidden for Years: 'I Lived in Denial and Isolation'

In this week’s PEOPLE cover story, Mariah Carey reveals that she is being treated for bipolar disorder.

Although she was diagnosed with the disease in 2001 when she was hospitalized after a mental and physical breakdown, “I didn’t want to believe it,” she tells PEOPLE editor-in-chief Jess Cagle.

“I didn’t want to carry around the stigma of a lifelong disease that would define me and potentially end my career. … I was so terrified of losing everything, I convinced myself the...

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