Demi Lovato is relieved to learn about her bipolar diagnosis. The “Met Him Last Night” singer, 30, recently explained that her diagnosis explained why she felt certain emotions throughout her life. Lovato said in her 2021 Dancing with the Devil documentary that she was initially misdiagnosed.
“I had spent so many years struggling, and I didn’t know why I was a certain way in dealing with depression at such extreme lows when I seemingly had the world in front of me just ripe with opportunities.” The Sonny With A Chance alum recalled being 15 years old on a tour bus, watching fans trying to get her to wave to them. “And all I could do was just sit there and cry,” she continued and questioned, “‘Why am I so unhappy?'”
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Lovato said that one of the reasons why she shared her diagnosis publicly was because she wanted to pass on what she has learned to others out there struggling with similar things she went through. “I knew that if I could help others with their journey, then that’s exactly what I wanted to do,” she said. “And so I decided to be open and honest about what I had finally learned about myself.”
The singer-songwriter first revealed her bipolar diagnosis in 2011, during her three-month stay at a treatment center, where she underwent therapy for anorexia and bulimia. She discovered why she was having trouble controlling her emotions and actions. “I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar,” Lovato explained. “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. I feel like I am in control now where my whole life I wasn’t in control,” she added.