What It Took for Carrie Fisher to Come to Terms with Having a Mental Illness

Aired on 02/15/2011 | CC tv-pg
Editor's note: We were deeply saddened to learn of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher's passing. This is a moment from their February 2011 interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show. OWN will be re-airing Oprah's interview with the Debbie and Carrie on Thursday, January 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

When Carrie Fisher was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her 20s, she didn't believe the doctor. At the time, Carrie joked with Oprah in her 2011 Oprah Show interview, she thought that people who had bipolar disorder were "nuts" rather than seeing it as something that could happen to anybody. In the above video, Carrie explains what she had to do before she could finally accept being bipolar.

Original airdate: February 15, 2011