Demi Lovato Opens Up About Her Bipolar Disorder: ‘Recovery Is Possible’

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Demi Lovato is breaking down the stigma of mental illness.

The singer, who checked into rehab almost five years ago and was subsequently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, wants to encourage people to become more educated regarding mental health. Appearing on Today on Thursday, Lovato opens up about her own experiences and struggles with inner demons.

“Mental illnesses in general, they’re not talked about as much as they should [be],” she says. “I would love for people to become more educated.”

As a new spokesperson for Be Vocal, a campaign aimed at raising mental health awareness, the 22-year-old adds that her personal issues with a drugs and alcohol addiction that helped her realize that mental illness needs to be taken seriously.

“I wish that more people can understand from a point where it’s not a choice to have an addiction,” she explains. “And with bipolar disorder, it’s a chemical imbalance and it’s something that you have to figure out your own treatment with your own team. In order to do that, it takes time.”

“Finally I’m in a great place where I can say recovery is possible,” Lovato, who recently celebrated her third year of sobriety, continues. “My fans have really held me accountable, and it’s been really incredible to have them as inspirations to stay strong and stay sober as well.”

Lovato’s sentiments echo the comments she recently made in a People magazine interview, where the former Disney star spoke about her late father’s mental health.

“My father had schizophrenia and bipolar disorder as well, and I watched him live a very unfortunate life because of the lack of access to treatment,” Lovato told the publication. “So it’s very personal to me. I just think mental illness is something people need to learn more about and the stigma needs to be taken away from.”

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