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Demi Lovato opens up about living with bipolar disorder: “Every day is a work in progress"

The pop star gets candid about her experience with bipolar, to raise awareness for mental health issues

Demi Lovato

Continuing her quest for raising awareness surrounding mental health, Demi Lovato has opened up to talk about what it’s like living with bipolar disorder.

"If you know someone or if you’re dealing with it yourself, just know that it is possible to live well,” she tells People. “I’m living proof of tha

The 24-year-old was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder after being admitted into rehab for addiction and cutting when she was 18.

Since then, the Confident singer has been using her A-lister status to encourage those suffering from a mental illness to stand up, talk about it and seek help.

“I’d rather live my life free and open than closed off, where people like me for something that I’m not,” she says.
“I’d rather live my life free and open than closed off, where people like me for something that I’m not,” she says.
Demi was admitted to rehab after she punched a back-up dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers in 2010.
Demi was admitted to rehab after she punched a back-up dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers in 2010.

Speaking of how far she has come since her 2010 diagnosis, Demi, who has been five years sober, says she takes her recovery process one step at a time.

“It’s not something where you see a therapist once or you see your psychiatrist once, it’s something you maintain to make sure that you want to live with mental illness. You have to take care of yourself.”

“Every day is a work in progress so hopefully I make it to 2017 with my sobriety,” she shared. “I take it one day at a time and for today I’m doing great.”

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This story originally appeared on Woman's Day Australia

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