Demi Lovato is a 19-year-old Disney star best known for her role in the made-for-television movie Camp Rock. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011 while receiving inpatient treatment at Timberline Knolls in Illinois.
Last night, MTV premiered a documentary about Lovato entitled "Stay Strong." In it, Lovato chose to share her story as a way to help others dealing with similar issues. "Why not air all my secrets? Why not share my story because some people need to hear it?"
"I didn't really realize I was sick," she confessed on the one-hour show. "I thought that writing seven songs in one night was normal. I thought that staying up until 5:30 in the morning is normal. Last night, I stayed up until five in the morning. I just couldn't sleep. My mind was racing and it's an ongoing thing and I still learn how to cope with it."
Lovato went to the treatment facility on her family's insistence and admitted that when she was in there, she thought that it was "the end of my life." But, she said, "I worked harder in those three months than I ever did in my life.... It was a battle, but I stuck it out." Lovato, like many others, had a hard time accepting her diagnosis because she rationalized that, "There's always someone sicker than you."
While she admits that her life is still a daily struggle, Lovato feels that she is now in control of her whole life. Her goal in this documentary was to really inspire people. She said, "You know, I speak about a lot of serious issues, and I really hope to get awareness out there about the issues that I dealt with."
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