Both Carrie Fisher and George Michael – just like far too many celebrities and average folk — struggled with addiction. Moreover, it wasn’t just alcoholism that Carrie Fisher struggled with. She was also an outspoken advocate for other mental illnesses, courageously sharing her own experience with bipolar disorder. Carrie herself believed that her years-long battle with addiction was a result of her undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Along with other well-deserved epithets, 2016 will be remembered as the year that the mental health community lost a remarkable advocate. Despite Ms. Fisher’s untimely passing, however, there is still “a new hope”.
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