Demi Lovato continues her crusade, sharing her struggles with addiction, cutting and eating disorders since she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during inpatient treatment in 2011.
The 24-year-old singer admits that she is “living proof” of being able to live well with her bipolar disorder. The “Cool For The Summer” singer describes her life now to People as a “work in progress” and credits the support of her family, friends and her personal treatment team. “They’re there for me at any moment of the day and will be there to support me throughout my recovery,” Lovato says. “That relationship is ongoing. It’s not something where you see a therapist once or you see your psychiatrist once, it’s something you maintain to make sure that you want to live with mental illness. You have to take care of yourself.”
As a part of her mission over the last few years, Lovato has partnered with five mental health organizations, called Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health. In an attempt to encourage others to speak openly about mental health, Lovato urges everyone to speak with their doctors, support systems, family and friends. “This partnership means a lot to my fans because so many of my fans are dealing with mental illness, whether it’s depression or bipolar disorder or even schizophrenia,” Lovato shares.
The singer advocates with the hope to eliminate the stigmas surrounding mental illness. She hopes the younger generation will hopefully be the change for the next generation and that mental illness won’t be taboo to talk about: “I want to prevent the stigma from being attached from anything mental health.”
Lovato will have a lot to celebrate next year with March 2017 marking the 5th anniversary of her sobriety. “Every day is a work in progress so hopefully I make it to 2017 with my sobriety,” Lovato explains. “I take it one day at a time and for today I’m doing great.”