As a popular teenage television star and successful singer, Demi Lovato seemed to have it all. She was in the hit Disney Channel movie “Camp Rock”, the star of the television show “Sonny with a Chance” and a popular pop singer. However, behind the scenes she was dealing with serious physical and emotional problems that she was able to hide from the world until she was admitted into a rehab center in late 2010 because she said, “In reality I am a teenage girl with real issues, and I needed to address them” (People Magazine). Demi later admitted that she had been struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and self-harm since childhood. Demi said that not eating was her way of coping with her depression. Once in rehab, Demi was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which may have come as a surprise to her fans because Demi appeared to be living the perfect life, but Demi said she was not surprised with the diagnoses, and if anything she was relieved.
Finally Demi had an explanation for her mood swings and eating disorders. Looking back on it, Demi said “I would take on workloads. And I would say yes, I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I was conquering the world. But then, I would come crashing down, and I would be more depressed than ever” (Demi Lovato’s Struggle, Good Morning America). This illustrates how Demi would go through periods of mania where she would write seven songs a night and be up until five in the morning playing guitar, unable to control her manic, creative mind, and then she would crash back into periods of depression where she would stop eating and start cutting herself (Demi Lovato’s Struggle, Good Morning America). It was during the periods of mania that Demi’s creativity was enhanced and she had constant, flowing thoughts and felt as if she could do anything. This demonstrates the connection between bipolar disorder and creativity. However, her disease did not provide her with her amazing singing voice, so even without this disease Demi would still be incredibly talented. Now Demi is on medication to help manage her mood swings and eating disorders, but she is still a very creative, successful artist, her latest hit being “Heart Attack”.