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Demi Lovato’s Battle With Bipolar Depression: ‘Mental Health As Important As Physical Health’

Update Date: Feb 24, 2017 08:20 AM EST

Demi Lovato has been vocal about her battle with bipolar depression. The singer-actress believes that mental health is as important as physical health.

In 2011, Demo Lovato entered into a rehabilitation program after a history of drug abuse and self-harm. She was then diagnosed with bipolar depression disorder. The 24-year-old star has not been ashamed of her mental health illness and has even been a spokesperson of the campaign "Be Vocal."

Demi Lovato is determined to move forward and learn to live with her bipolar depression. She encourages others to do the same. "If you are struggling today with a mental health condition, you may not be able to see it as clearly right away but please don't give up - things can get better," she wrote.

Demi Lovato is an executive producer of a documentary about mental health titled "Beyond Silence." The show follows the life of Jeff Fink, Lauren Burke and Lloyd Hale. The three individuals are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety.

Demi Lovato said that the three people in the documentary suffering from mental health illness though different are still alike in so many ways. She then stresses that mental health is as important as physical health.

Demi Lovato hopes that the documentary will help raise awareness about mental health. The show is in collaboration with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and five mental health organizations.

Bipolar disorder affects around 12.6 million Americans and an estimate of 29 million people worldwide. A person is diagnosed to have this illness when he experiences at least one manic episode. The manic and depressive episodes cannot be explained by another mental health condition such as schizophrenia. For Demi Lovato, she chose to talk about her stint on the rehab facility and her mental health condition so she can inspire and help others as well.

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