Elysa Gardner of USA Today spoke with Mariah Carey, who explained her hospitalization was caused by “a collapse from exhaustion” rather than the more complex psychological or chemical problems.
“Yes, I was in a bad place emotionally, but anyone would be at that point of total physical depletion,” Carey said. “I began seeing a therapist, and he told me, ‘Look, you didn’t have a nervous breakdown. It’s a form of torture not to be allowed to sleep.’ He said I had to start setting boundaries in life, to learn how to say no. It’s taken some people a while to understand that, but now they do. I’ve actually made up contracts that people who work with me have to sign, so they know I must have lunch breaks and dinner breaks and five or six hours of sleep a night.”