Carrie Fisher’s brother opens up about her bipolar disorder in the hope of helping others
One of Carrie Fisher’s greatest legacies was as a vocal advocate for mental health awareness, a tradition that was continued on Thursday by her brother, Todd Fisher.
Fisher describes his late sister’s experience and their shared childhood as part of the Child Mind Institute’s month-long #MyYoungerSelf social media campaign. Each day in May, a different celebrity will speak candidly about their experiences with mental illness.
“When Carrie and I were growing up, we knew there was something going on with her. Her behavior got more and more extreme. Everything seemed to be more difficult for her,” Fisher says in the video.
When Carrie Fisher was younger, there was no treatment for bipolar disorder, but as she grew older she tried different medications and eventually electroshock therapy.
“Without the help of her doctors and her family and medication, I don’t think we would have seen what we were seeing,” Todd Fisher elaborated, pointing to Carrie’s improvement. “To any child who’s struggling today with mental health or a learning disorder, take a look at Carrie. Use her as your role model. Do not be afraid to ask for help. You’re not alone.”