Teen star Demi Lovato has suffered with Bipolar Disorder for many, many years and she revealed her belief that her daily battles with it are likely to run for the rest of her life.
The former Sonny With a Chance star was admitted to rehab in 2010 and it was then she realised she was not only suffering with bulimia and anorexia but had also been self harming due to the long running condition, bipolar disorder.
20-year old Lovato admitted in an interview that she has Body Dysmorphia Disorder which makes her see herself disproportionally.
“I wasn’t going to continue to be alive if I continued to treat my body the way was… It’s a daily journey and it’s definitely going to be a struggle that I’ll have to deal with for the rest of my life. Sometimes I think, ‘Why couldn’t I have been normal?’ It’s going to be a daily battle and I’m not going to be perfect, but as long as I wake up in the morning and I eat my breakfast and I say, ‘Look, ‘I’m going to eat this meal for right now. I’m going to eat for the rest of the day, I’m not going to self harm, and I’m not doing to do anything self-destructive.’ If I can make it through the day, that’s all that matters.”
It’s no surprise that a young woman in Demi Lovato’s position should fall victim to these illnesses but her response could have been taken straight from the pages of the Alcoholic’s Anonymous handbook; the mantra of “I haven’t done it today.”
Eating disorders are becoming more and more common in young women who strive to be ‘perfect’ like the celebrities they idolize.
In actual fact being a celebrity at such a young age, with all the attached expectations of size, height, image, behaviour, etc, magnifies the chances of developing these self-destructive disorders and puts the youngsters under extreme pressure, when they should be out enjoying their young life and developing naturally and not under the media microscope.
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