Since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder five years ago, Demi Lovato has never shied away from telling the world about her struggles. But before then, she felt hopeless.
"I was dealing with bipolar depression and didn't know what was wrong with me. Little did I know, there was a chemical imbalance in my brain," Lovato told HuffPost Live in an interview Thursday. "Because I didn't tell people what I need, I ended up self-medicating and coping with very unhealthy behaviors," which included bulimia, self-harm, and substance abuse.
She hopes that her latest mental health awareness campaign — Be Vocal — encourage those with mental illnesses to talk about it. This, she believes, will help them recover like she did, and help to erase the stigma.
Aside from rehab and therapy, she also credits her boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama for saving her life. "He never takes credit for my sobriety, but I guarantee I wouldn't be alive without him today," she said.
"Happiness is a choice. Life is a roller coaster. You can make the highs as amazing as possible, and you can control how low the lows go."
(h/t HuffPost Live)