Kanye West opens up about his mental health battle in revealing interview
Kanye West got candid about his mental health in a revealing interview with David Letterman.
Kanye – who has North, five, Saint, three, Chicago, 16 months, and newborn Psalm with his wife Kim Kardashian West – sat down with the US chat show host for his Netflix series 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction'.
The 41-year-old rapper, who appeared to confirm he suffered from bipolar on his 2018 album Ye, opened up about how during an "episode" he felt like "everyone wants to kill you".
Yeezy also described how he was handcuffed and separated from his family during treatment and wants to break the stigma surrounding the disorder.
Speaking during his interview, a clip of which aired on CBS This Morning , he said: "When you’re in this [episode] state, you're hyper-paranoid about everything.
"Everyone – this is my experience, other people have different experiences – everyone now is an actor. Everything's a conspiracy. You feel the government is putting chips in your head. You feel you’re being recorded. You feel all these things.
"You have this moment [where] you feel everyone wants to kill you. You pretty much don’t trust anyone.”
Kanye was hospitalised at the UCLA Medical Centre in 2016 after suffering temporary psychosis brought on by sleep deprivation, and went on to cancel his Saint Pablo tour amid much speculation about the state of his mental health.
He later addressed his disorder on his album Ye, and said to Letterman: "It's a health issue that has a strong stigma on it and people are allowed to say anything about it and discriminate in any way."
He added that treatment for mental health is not the same as physical health: "This is like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle. And if someone has a sprained ankle, you’re not going to push on him more.
"With us, once our brain gets to a point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse. They do everything possible. They got us to that point and they do everything to make it worse."
Kanye spoke about taking daily medication and how if he isn't on it, he can become "erratic as TMZ would put it", he said referencing the interview he gave to the site in May 2018.
He said: "When you ramp up, it expresses your personality more. You can become almost more adolescent in your expression.
"This is my specific experience that I've had over the past two years, because I've only been diagnosed for two years now."
When receiving treatment Kanye explained how he was 'cruelly' handled when he was separated from his family .
"They have this moment where they put you – they handcuff you, they drug you, they put you on the bed, and they separate you from everyone you know.
"That's something that I am so happy that I experienced myself so I can start by changing that moment," he said.
"When you are in that state, you have to have someone you trust. It is cruel and primitive to do that. They love to write you off. They love to cut your sentences off halfway. What you say doesn't mean as much."
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