Entertainment Music Mariah Carey on How She's Treating Her Bipolar Disorder: 'I'm in a Good Place' By Jess Cagle and Janine Rubenstein Janine Rubenstein Instagram Twitter Janine Rubenstein is Editor-at-Large at PEOPLE and host of PEOPLE Every Day podcast, a daily dose of breaking news, pop culture and heartwarming human interest stories. Formerly Senior Editor of music content, she's also covered crime, human interest and television news throughout her many years with the brand. Prior to PEOPLE she's written for Essence, The Cape Times newspaper and Los Angeles Magazine among others. On-screen Rubenstein can be found featured on shows like Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight and she routinely hosts PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly's star-studded Red Carpet Live specials. Follow the San Francisco native, Black Barbie collector and proud mom of two on Instagram and Twitter @janinerube People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 11, 2018 09:30 AM Share Tweet Pin Email In this week’s PEOPLE cover story, Mariah Carey opens up about her years-long battle with bipolar disorder — and what she’s now doing to get the help that she needs. Despite living “in denial” for years, following her 2001 bipolar II diagnosis, Carey tells PEOPLE editor-in-chief Jess Cagle that she’s in a good place after recently seeking treatment. “I’m actually taking medication that seems to be pretty good,” she says of treating bipolar II, a disorder that involves periods of depression as well as hypomania (less severe than the mania associated with bipolar I, but can still cause irritability, sleeplessness and hyperactivity). Of the medication, she says, “It’s not making me feel too tired or sluggish or anything like that. Finding the proper balance is what is most important.” A Complete Guide to All of Mariah Carey’s Number One Hits Mariah Carey: My Battle with Bipolar Disorder Asked whether it can be difficult finding the medication that suits her and her creative lifestyle, Carey says, “No, I don’t think so. I just think it’s better with any type of thing to not go overboard with it.” RELATED VIDEO: Mariah Carey: My Battle with Bipolar Disorder She continues, “The problem with meds is side effects, but now I’m good. I’m in a good place.” Mariah Carey Reveals Mental Health Struggle: What to Know About Bipolar II Disorder Want to keep up with the latest from PEOPLE? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get our best stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox. And she now approaches her treatment holistically. “I have access to great medical care. I’m exercising, getting acupuncture, eating healthy, spending quality time with my kids (Morrocan and Monroe, 6, with ex Nick Cannon) and doing what I love, which is writing songs and making music.” Lastly, says the superstar, “I’m surrounding myself with positive influences and finally receiving the physical and emotional support that I need.” As for fun, she adds, “It doesn’t hurt to binge-watch The Office.” Mariah Carey on Why She Kept Her Bipolar Disorder Hidden for Years: ‘I Lived in Denial and Isolation’ For more on Mariah Carey and her battle with bipolar disorder, dealing with fame and raising twins, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. For mental health support, contact the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance at dbsalliance.org.