Demi Lovato Opens Up About Bipolar Disorder, Addiction

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Bipolar Disorder, Addiction

Pop Star Shares Struggle With Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Ever since the 2010 incident where she punched a backup dancer on tour, Demi Lovato’s mental health and addiction have been in the spotlight. Now, six years later, she’s shared just how much being a young star affected her.

In a recent interview, 23-year-old Lovato told American Way magazine that she has struggled with body image from a young age, and was battling self-harm and an eating disorder at the height of her career.

“I lived fast and I was going to die young,” she said. “I didn’t think I would make it to 21.”

After her starring role in Disney’s Camp Rock, Lovato said she used cocaine, OxyContin, and alcohol to self-medicate. Her rock bottom came when she assaulted her dancer.

She sought help and checked into rehab, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder — a condition she shares with her late father — and was treated for bulimia — which she shares with her mother. But she didn’t fully combat her addictions, so she checked into a sober house.

There she was finally able to overcome her addictions. She hasn’t had a drink in four years, and still attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings regularly.

“I didn’t go into treatment thinking, ‘OK, now I’m going to be an inspiration,'” she said. “At times I was resentful for having that kind of responsibility, but now, it’s really become a part of my life. It holds me accountable.”

Lovato now spends a great deal of her time normalizing mental illness, advocating on social media, and lobbying Capitol Hill.


“The more you talk about mental illness, the less of a taboo it becomes,” she said.

“As a pop star, I can say, ‘Hey, I’ve got bipolar disorder — it’s nothing that anyone can be ashamed of.’ ”


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Jun 27, 2016
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