Can You Control Your Moods Like Demi Lovato?
Recently, Demi Lovato was interviewed by the Huffington Post about bipolar disorder. She has taken a public role in speaking out about the disorder.
In the opening of the interview, she gave her reasons for speaking publicly about her own experience with bipolar disorder.
“There’s a stigma”
Her goal is to live in a world where people have compassion and understand how to help people who have mental illness.
Ms. Lovato’s on a mission to make bipolar (and other mental illnesses) words that people can say without looking around them first.
Her interviewer grew up in a family where many members struggled with bipolar disorder so their issues and disorder were discussed freely and openly, without stigma. That’s a vision Demi Lovato has for society as a whole.
When Lovato was younger, she was dealing with bipolar depression and thought something was wrong with her so she didn’t tell anyone.
“Little did I know there was a chemical imbalance in my brain”
Lovato then stated, “It’s a physical illness, like diabetes”
And underlined that, “You’re not broken. There’s nothing wrong with you.”
Ms. Lovato is fortunate in that, unlike many sufferers, she’s surrounded by really great friends and family who care about her. They sensed that she needed help. And she trusted their judgement and got the diagnosis and treatment.
“I involve my support system in everything that I do… Every choice that I make, I run by people… with my treatment team as well”
A phrase I heard her say in the interview, and that I’ve heard her say before, is “Now, I live well with bipolar disorder.”
When she spoke about making tough choices to give up alcohol, drugs and friends that encouraged her to do those things, she reflected, “You have to understand the severity of the realness of the problem” to make the difficult but healthy choices.
But one thing Demi Lovato said struck me oddly, especially in light of her firm statement that it’s a physical disease, like diabetes.
In concluding the first half of the interview, she said: “Happiness is a choice. Life is a rollercoaster. So your ups and downs, you can control. You can make the highs as amazing and as fun as possible and you can control how low the lows go.”
Do you agree that, with bipolar disorder, you can control how highs your highs are or how lows your lows are? Please share your reaction in the comments!