Country star Jimmie Allen was diagnosed as bipolar when he was just 13 years old, and ever since then, he’s attempted various ways to combat the effects of the disorder.

One of  things he has always found to be quite helpful? Social media.

“Most of the things that I tweet are actually for myself,” Allen tells Taste of Country during a recent tour stop as an opener on Rascal Flatts' Summer Playlist Tour. “There are days when I’m depressed, especially when I have a character or mood shift.”

Indeed, Allen may have experienced one of those mood shifts in early June. “Depression is real always seek help," he wrote on Twitter on June 9. "Keep a group of people around you that love, understand you and are willing to be there for you.

"Yesterday I was ready to give up music, something l love and fought so hard and long for," Allen added. "Thank you to the ones that helped me yesterday."

Luckily, the “Make Me Want To” hitmaker says he surrounds himself with people who can pick up on his mood changes.

“My managers know me,” says Allen. “They will call me out on it sometimes. Like, I will say I don’t want to do something, and then they will call me again in two hours and change my mind.”

Allen laughs loudly, but it's evident how important it is for the Delaware native to be able to be truthful with his fans as to how he is feeling both on and off the stage.

“When you put out who you really are, people can really understand you,” Allen says. “That’s what life is all about. You have to be real. There’s so much fake stuff out there and so much fabrication. People need to be honest and throw that honesty out there.

"You can’t grow and learn and get better if you don’t talk through things," he adds, "and that goes for everybody.”

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