Demi Lovato: “I Knew at a Young Age I Had a Problem”

It is refreshing to see public people speaking about mental health issues and even acknowledging that she suffers from bipolar disorder.  Maybe if more of our idols come forward and talk about these issues, mental health treatment will finally get some respect.

This article will introduce you to another side of Demi Lovato, a side you may not ever have seen before.  I, for one, find her to be a lovely young woman and I applaud her willingness to come forward with her struggles.  I am sorry that she suffered so long before getting her diagnosis, but knowing that she is getting treatment makes me have hope for her future and the future of all of her fans.

Please read this article.  She is a special person and she deserves our respect for what she has struggled with and overcome.  She has become a person of interest in my world.


Demi Lovato: “I Knew at a Young Age I Had a Problem”

On the eve of the release of her hotly anticipated fifth studio album, Lovato is bravely talking about something else entirely: her life-long battle with mental illness.

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“You’re always going to remember your first time,” Demi Lovato, wearing a skin-tight, long-sleeved black mini dress and sky-high Chloe Gosselin booties, says to a room full of strangers. Taking center stage (and causing a few cheeks to burn) is not a totally foreign experience for the child actor turned sexy song-of-summer pop star. The audience, however—mostly middle-aged, devoid of tweens—is not her typical demographic.

See, she is not talking about that first time. Lovato is on stage in front of members of the country’s leading mental health organizations for the National Council of Behavioral Health’s Hill Day in Washington, D.C. She’s answering questions from the coiffed and pinstripe suited Linda Rosenberg, the council’s CEO. And she’s recalling her first time experiencing mental illness.

Lovato is there as the leader of Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, an initiative that encourages people to share their stories of mental illness. But her star status is hard to ignore. The Hyatt Regency’s basement ballroom, which was perhaps just a quarter full for the PowerPoint presentations before Lovato’s time slot, is now packed, a row of cell-phone camera Cyclopses making up the front row. Loud applause breaks out as Lovato says, “There’s no day off in recovery.”

Accountability, she says, is key. “I tell on myself,” she says, looking at Rosenberg and noting how important it is to have a support system when she feels an urge to participate in what she calls “destructive” behavior. And Lovato’s past was more destructive than most. She’s admitted to experiencing suicidal thoughts as early as seven years old, a stark contrast to the smiling kid she played alongside Selena Gomez on Barney & Friends. As a teen, she struggled with eating disorders, self-harm, a cocaine addiction, and alcohol abuse. “I knew at a young age that some of my behaviors were a problem,” Lovato later tells ELLE.com from the sleek gray couch in her hotel suite. “When I was bulimic, I knew it was a problem. When I was anorexic, I knew it was a problem. But I wasn’t in a place where I could quit by myself.” (read the rest here)

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