Demi Lovato has been named a “warrior for mental wellness” by CNN for sharing her struggles with depression, bipolar disorder, drug addiction, anorexia and bulimia.
Lovato has been doing well since entering rehab in 2010 to seek help for her mental illnesses and eating disorders.
Lovato treats her bipolar disorder with medication and therapy, but admits she still struggles with depression, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
Demi, who was addicted to alcohol, cocaine and marijuana, suffered from the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia since the age of 8, and at one point starved herself down to 88 pounds.
Demi finally ended the vicious cycle of bingeing and purging after realizing she how detrimental it could be to her body.
“I started compulsively overeating,” said Lovato. “I would bake cookies and then eat the whole pan. I went to just starving myself, and that turned into throwing up and starving myself. I would throw up and it would just be blood. I realized if I don’t stop this, I am going to die.”
Lovato, who sang the monster hit “Let It Go” (from the soundtrack of the film Frozen), turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her depression and unhappiness.
Demi also struggled with self-mutilation, routinely cutting herself during times of emotional distress.”I’d medicate myself with drugs and alcohol in an effort to feel normal — not better, just normal,” said Demi.
Lovato said she wants to be a role model for other young girls suffering from similar problems, TheImproper reported.
Looking back, she’s glad she went public with her issues because her experiences may be able to help others.
“[I want to be a] role model,” she said. “There was nobody out there for me to look at and say this is unhealthy. I want to be that for a 13-year-old girl at home deciding whether or not to eat dinner, or an 18-year-old girl deciding whether or not to keep her breakfast down. If I hadn’t gone into treatment, I don’t know if I’d be alive today.”
“I’ve done that a lot over the past few years, but it has been so worth it, because the people in my life today inspire me to keep being creative, to have fun, and to be a good person,” said Lovato.
Demi detailed her harrowing struggle with dangerous weight loss, drug addiction, anorexia and bulimia in her memoir, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year.