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Singer-Songwriter Mary Lambert Talks About Life With Bipolar Disorder

"I realized part of the honesty — part of the vulnerability — is allowing people to see the whole picture. "
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This weekend singer-songwriter Mary Lambert posted a photo on Instagram to discuss what she called an “intense bipolar episode”.

I wrote a fun pop song beginning with the lyrics "I've got bipolar disorder" and danced around the world in cute crop tops for the last 2 years. I felt and still feel it is part of my responsibly to destigmatize mental illness, and to remind the world that people with mental disorders CAN function and live healthy lives (and sing pop songs!). But I realized part of the honesty- part of vulnerability- is allowing people to see the whole picture. So here it is. It's 1am, and this is what I look like as I'm calming down after an intense bipolar episode. In my episodes, I tend to oscillate quickly between hyper anxiety, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, and shame. I have different mechanisms for coming out of it. TV shows are helpful (thanks Jeopardy!), and I am also grateful to have a deeply compassionate partner that helps pull me out with nice forehead kisses. I have been on medication for 5 years, and that initiated a drastic diminish in the intensity and duration of episodes. I also do frequent energy work, TFT, and a whole lotta self talk. I am not like this every day. But I am also not glamorous and confident every day. I can exist in both spaces, and that is okay. Now, to get some real sleep! Tomorrow is new! I bought organic chicken nuggets and hella chard! Thanks for letting me be real with you, babes.

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Through out her career, Lambert has been open in her music and in interviews about living with bipolar disorder.

Lambert wrote on Instagram,

In my episodes, I tend to oscillate quickly between hyper anxiety, paranoia, suicidal thoughts and shame. I have different mechanisms for coming out of it. TV shows are helpful (thanks Jeopardy!), and I am also grateful to have a deeply compassionate partner that helps pull me out with nice forehead kisses.”

Lambert – who is known for her stunning debut album, Heart on My Sleeve, and for contributing the chorus to Macklemore’s marriage equality anthem “Same Love” – said it was her responsibility to de-stigmatize mental illness and posted the photo to show that someone with bipolar disorder has good days and bad days.

I realized part of the honesty — part of the vulnerability — is allowing people to see the whole picture. I am not like this every day. But I am also not glamorous and confident every day. I can exist in both spaces, and that is OK.”

As Lambert mentions, she opened her 2014 song “Secrets” with the line “I’ve got bipolar disorder.”

 

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