Demi Lovato has shared her story on struggling with bipolar disorder, bulimia, and substance abuse – Demi explained that she began partying during high school, but it wasn’t until her Disney Channel days that she escalated. Her father had alcoholism and drug addiction, something that Demi said she pursued because she wanted to know what her father saw in these things to make him “choose that over [his own] family”, she stated. Demi also struggled with bulimia, an eating disorder that involves a distorted body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight; extreme overeating, depression, and self-induced vomiting occur. It wasn’t until Demi’s management team threatened to walk away that she decided that she needed to seek help.
Demi’s mother, Dianna De La Garza, wrote her story of how she experienced mental illness and addiction in her family through her book titled Falling with Wings: A Mother’s Story. She wrote the book mainly for two reasons: to help motivate and inspire others out there who have gone through mental illness and to be of help to parents who have children with a mental illness and/or addiction. Dianna struggled with anorexia since childhood and developed PTSD after an abusive marriage. Afterwards, she developed Xanax addiction, and she discusses these instances in her book.
If you’re looking to read a book that is filled with stories of heartbreak and grief, as well as hope for the future, Dianna’s book may be one to read. Demi Lovato shared for People Magazine that she’s proud of her mother for sharing her story. She stated,
“She’s resilient, inspiring, and strong. Because of her journey and strength to overcome the obstacles that she’s faced in her life, she’s my hero.”
It can be helpful to hear of others who have gone through trial and tribulation, especially those who have overcame those obstacles. Demi Lovato and her family are certainly an example of this. If you are considering seeking help for a mental illness and/or addiction, make the decision to reach out today. Hope is not lost, and recovery is possible.
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