Carrie Fisher’s Mental Battle

This is Carrie Fisher speaking out about her bipolar disorder and how anyone can over come it.

John M. Grohol

This is Carrie Fisher speaking out about her bipolar disorder and how anyone can over come it.

Malieka Khan, Photojournalist

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Carrie Frances Fisher, daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, had lived a life filled with mental issues such as depression, addiction, and mainly bipolar disorder. She was born on October 21, 1956 and passed away less than two weeks ago on December 27, 2016. Throughout her life, Fisher had a passion for acting, being featured in films such as, “When Harry Met Sally”, “Scream 3”, “The Blue’s Brothers”, and her most notable performance, “Star Wars.” However, in the middle of her acting career at twenty four, Fisher was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, yet she had dealt with it for her whole life.

 

Though she was diagnosed with these disorders, she refused to let them affect and alter her life for the worst as they had done so often in the past. Once she was informed of her disorders, Carrie Fisher spoke out and unapologetically received help for her issues, becoming a voice of inspiration to people both with or without mental health issues. As time went on she did get somewhat better and decided she would no longer let her disorders live in silence. According to an article written by Attn: called, “All the Times Carrie Fisher Was a Champion for Living with Mental Illness,” she began to support many charities such as Alzheimer’s Association and Make-a-Wish Foundation by donating money as well as speaking to press and at conventions for both disorders. By doing so, her main focus was on supporting Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, and Children’s Health since she strongly believed that anyone could lead a “normal” life even with a mental health issue, and that no one should feel lesser than if so. Fisher is quoted to have stated, “I outlasted my problems. I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you,” proving how she was not ashamed of her issues and that though she faced them everyday, they made her stronger.

 

Though Ms. Fisher may have passed away, the impact she has left on those she inspired will never fade, especially those with mental issues who she gave hope to. She never let her mind get in the way of what she loved to do, which was act, and she never let her issues control her life. Instead she found a way to control them, and that brought a new hope to many who are going through the same struggles.

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