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Demi Lovato opens up about her struggle with mental health

“It's so important to be vocal about the things you're dealing with.”

By Matt Galea
Demi Lovato opens up about her struggle with mental health

It’s no secret that Demi Lovato has struggled with mental health issues in the past, in fact, the singer has been very open about it as a way of helping people who are currently struggling.

The former Disney star recently told Seventeen magazine that she is tired of the negative stigma surrounding mental health.

"There's a stigma surrounding mental health issues because nobody talks about it,” she explained. ”When you spread awareness and create conversation, that's when you realize mental health conditions aren't anything out of the norm. They're very common. They shouldn't be judged. They should be accepted."

She opened up about her own struggles, telling the mag that she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

"I live a public life. When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I knew it was something that may or may not get out. But when I was faced with the decision about whether to discuss it, I thought I might as well use my voice for something greater than singing."

The 24-year-old went on to say that she is sick of the way that society conveys mental health in a blasé fashion.

"I get frustrated when people use the term 'bipolar' loosely. Like, they say 'Oh, I can't decide what movie to watch, I'm so bipolar.' You don't say, 'I can't decide what movie to watch, I'm so cancer.'"

Are you struggling with mental health? Demi urges you to speak up as she says that she regrets not talking about it sooner.

"I had my parents and I had friends that were very supportive. Unfortunately, I kept a lot of things to myself, so the outcome wasn't as beneficial to me as it could have been,” she revealed. That's why it's so important to be vocal about the things you're dealing with—you never know the life you could live if you're sharing your experiences with others."

We are super friggen proud of Dems for using her ~influential~ position to help others.

Go Demi!

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