Yesha Callahan

Lisa Nicole Carson Opens About Bipolar Disorder

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‘When You Lose Your Mind, It’s as Traumatic as It Sounds‘ — Lisa Nicole Carson

Lisa Nicole Carson will always be one of our faves. From her carefree attitude, natural hair and being an example of what a lot of black women look like, while in the eye of Hollywood, Carson’s mere presence on television was ground breaking. But Carson was also dealing with bipolar disorder and the actress opened up to People Magazine about her mental health issues.

“From the time I stepped away from show business [in 2001] until now, I’ve been on a long, very complicated and challenging journey,” said Carson. “I didn’t know if I was going to make it out.”

“When you lose your mind, it’s as traumatic as it sounds. It’s not anything you can imagine happening to you,” Carson stated.

Carson has dealt with several breakdowns, including one that was in the public eye, but now she says she’s ready to get back to acting thanks to getting the right combo of medications. Carson also says she wants to help others who are dealing with bipolar disorder.

“It’s a risk for me to be open,” Carson stated. “I never wanted to breathe a word about what happened to me. But I’ve had a change of heart. It’s rare for someone who has something as severe as I’ve had to come out the other side, but I’d like to let people know that you can. You can get to the other side.”

“I don’t really have an option to be silent about my illness, although I wanted to be for many years,” Carson revealed. “But since I had a public breakdown, it’s something I felt I had to address.”

  1. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    This is a very touching story.

    Mental health issues are one of the greatest taboos in our community as black people. People who suffer mental illness are regularly demonized and disrespected. That should change as human compassion is needed in our community. Sister Lisa Nicole Carson is very brave to talking about her bipolar disorder in public. Her story can save lives literally. Like always, treatment, counseling, and a strong support system are necessary actions to enact in order for society to help people with mental illness. As she has mentioned in her interview, her life is miraculous. Living life in this Earth is a miracle since we existed from small cells into complex human beings. Lisa Nicole Carson deserves all of the praise of the world by bringing greater awareness on this issue. People need not only physical liberation, but emotional liberation too. The more that we care and show love to others, the more that we love ourselves.

  2. December 23, 2015 - Reply


    Yeah, Medical/Pharma are too quick to label which is dismissive of Deeply Rooted EMOTIONAL issues/challenges and justification for MEDICATING = suppression/
    DESTRUCTION of the HUMAN SPIRIT——> Obedient, Compliant Automatons devoid of Critical Thinking.

    Medication should be a last resort NOT the automatic.

    Let’s NOT allow anyone to shame you, me, or anyone else into not being HONEST and seeking COUNSELING when facing challenges of coping in too often TOXIC environments.

  3. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    I am so happy to see her. I did not even know her name, but liked her performances in roles very much. I had heard that she had these problems, and am very glad that she is rebounding. Continued health and good luck.

  4. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    I always wondered what happened to her she just disappeared from the scene, always thought she was a talented actress. Good to see her face.

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