Hidden Diagnoses

Stigma and fear can keep people from being able to cope effectively with biological challenges such as mental disorders. Fear of being exposed and what society may judge about someone inhibits the one from seeking appropriate help to take care of one’s self and further achieve life goals. Mariah Carey has recently exposed herself to such vulnerability because the burden was heavier to keep her diagnosis a secret and refrain from seeking help. Now she is facing her Bipolar II diagnosis and getting the help she needs. She has days of high functioning and days of challenge like anyone else. Hopefully this will be a positive image to all those around the world, normalizing mental illness and showing that it is nothing to be fearful or ashamed of.