In a new interview with People, former Disney star Demi Lovato has admitted that, in addition to battling anorexia, bulimia and self-mutilation, she is bipolar (also known as manic-depressive). It’s a disease affecting millions of Americans across all ages and ethnic groups that is characterized by abnormally elevated moods (mania) interspersed with periods of depression.
Of her darkest hour, Lovato says: "Looking back it makes sense. There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I'd be up until 5:30 in the morning."
It’s been three months since the part-Mexican teen completed treatment at a rehab facility for emotional and physical issues, and since then, the 18-year-old star has been extremely open and honest about her personal struggles. Through it all, she says the love and support of her family and fans has helped her stay strong. Now that she’s in recovery mode, Lovato is speaking out in hopes that it will help others who are battling the same demons. Last week, when actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder and sought treatment, Lovato showed her support via Twitter. "I don't know Catherine Zeta-Jones personally but what she has decided to do it SO brave," Lovato tweeted Thursday. "And SO difficult but worth it... I'm proud of her."
Stay strong and brave, Demi! We stand behind you 100 percent.