AceShowbiz - Rising country singer Jimmie Allen has gone public with his bipolar disorder struggles.
The "Best Shot" star reveals he was diagnosed with the mental health condition at the age of 13, but refused to let the illness derail his music dreams after learning it was something his country icon, Charley Pride, also suffered from.
"What kept me going was knowing so many musicians, like Charley Pride and others, have bipolar disorder and how they've been able to function," Allen shares during an interview on Chicago, Illinois' Big 95.5 radio station.
The 32-year-old also admits that learning to live with the mood swing disorder has inspired him to try and spread messages of positivity online.
"On days when you're motivated and days when you're depressed, you still find a way to get up," Allen explains. "I felt like someone needed to hear that from me."
And many of the uplifting quotes are chosen to help Allen lift his own spirits, too: "A lot of times when I post these motivational quotes, it's really for myself. It's more my self-help Twitter, because I read my own tweets."
"I feel like it's our job to use our struggles as motivation and a stepping stool for someone else to overcome theirs."