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Leah McSweeney Opens up About Her Mental Health Issues and Working to Get to "a Good Place"

The RHONY cast member opens up about her Bipolar II diagnosis.

By Jocelyn Vena
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Leah McSweeney has been nothing short of candid during her first season of The Real Housewives of New York City.

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She's been an open book about her relationship with her ex Rob, her drinking, ans her sometimes-tense relationship with her mom. And during the July 30 episode of RHONY, Leah addressed her issues with mental health.

"I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder on my 30th birthday and really dedicated the last seven years of my life to getting it under control and to getting myself to a good place," she said in the Season 12 episode, adding that she currently does not take medication for it.

In a 2016 post she wrote for Hypebae, the Married to the Mob designer and mom opened up about diagnosis in her usual honest and open way. She likened the diagnosis to "a love affair because it’s a complex relationship I have with my so-called 'mental illness.'”

She noted in her Hypebae op-ed that "my entrepreneurial spirit and my Bipolar II disorder are intertwined for certain."

Leah added later in the 2016 column that her mental health journey "is a battle. And you have to be determined and persevering to get better. It can be daunting. The stigma around seeking help and admitting a chemical imbalance or emotional and mental issues seems to plague our society. The topic makes people uncomfortable. I even have friends who don’t like the idea that I need to take medication to be stable. They love me and it’s hard for them to understand that I really do have this irregularity... But the thing is, I’m totally OK with it. In fact, I see it as strength and have come to accept and appreciate it. It’s part of who I am."

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