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Mariah Carey, Margot Kidder and Me: Defying The Verdict

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Two beloved celebrities diagnosed with bipolar disorder have recently been featured in the news: singer Mariah Carey and actress Margot Kidder. After a public meltdown in 2001, Carey recently accepted her Bipolar II diagnosis, vowing to accept this diagnosis and care for herself. In April, she shared with okayplayer.com that she’s “in a really good place [and] hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone.” Kidder in May died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 69. She rebounded from a period of homelessness in 1996 resulting from a severely manic episode. Despite the stigma associated with the illness, Kidder relocated from Los Angeles to Montana and resumed her…

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