This is why Demi Lovato doesn’t want to be labeled bipolar

In the past few years, mental health has become more of a widely discussed issue. And for that, we can thank celebrities like Demi Lovato. Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder back in 2011, and has since opened up about her own struggle with the condition.

Bipolar disorder can’t be cured, but it can be treated. According to Healthline, roughly five million Americans have been diagnosed. Those who have it may often experience extreme highs and lows in their behavior and mood.

There’s one thing that Lovato wants her fans to know: Even though she has it, she doesn’t want to be defined by it. We truly understand where she’s coming from.

"I think when people refer to me as being bipolar, it’s something that is true — I am bipolar — but I don’t like people to use it as a label," she said during an interview with Elvis Duran on iHeartRadio. "It’s something that I have, it’s not who I am. I think Demi Lovato, activist, is something that I would really be proud of."

Lovato is definitely an activist. In fact, she’s helped ease the stigma around mental health issues. Even though she’s fighting her disorder, she’s still staying strong in the music industry. For example, she just released “Sorry Not Sorry” this month — and it’s already a huge hit.

Lovato is also in a good position to bring these important issues to light.

"I just happen to be in a position where more people will hear my voice than they would have 10, 15 years ago," she said. "I use my voice to do more than just sing and I use it to speak up about mental health because that’s something I’m very passionate about."

We hope she continues to inform her fans about how important mental health really is, and how it’s also essential to realize that people who suffer are so much more than their diagnosis.

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