Quotes About Mental Illness from Carrie Fisher

RIP, Princess Leia.
by Mara Agner   |  Dec 28, 2016
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Just when we thought 2016 couldn't get any worse, it drags along Carrie Fisher (more popularly known as Star Wars' Princess Leia and also the mother of Scream Queens' Chanel # 3) with it on its way out.

Carrie was loved for so many things. Just like the heroine that she is in the movie franchise, Carrie was an inpiration to many, especially to those dealing with mental illness as she spoke about her struggles with it openly. Below are some of Carrie's memorable and powerful quotes about living with mental illness, which she shared in an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Primetime Thursday and her very own memoir, Wishful Drinking

On the state of her mental illness

"I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital."

On discovering she was manic depressive

"I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple—just someone who could not stop taking drugs willfully. And I was that. But it turns out that I am severely manic depressive."


On being manic depressive

"I have two moods. One is Roy, rollicking Roy, the wild ride of a mood. And Pam, sediment Pam, who stands on the shore and sobs … Sometimes the tide is in, sometimes it's out."

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On living with the illness

"The world of manic depression is a world of bad judgment calls. Just every kind of bad judgement because it all seems like a good idea at the time. A great idea."

On the pain it causes

"You can't stop. It's very painful. It's raw. You know, it's rough … your bones burn … when you're not busy talking and trying to drown it out."

On dealing with it

"In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. Not unlike a tour of Afghanistan (though the bombs and bullets, in this case, come from the inside)."

On the stigma

"One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder."


On not being ashamed of it

"At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you're living with this illness and functioning at all, it's something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication."

On surviving

"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."

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