That’s my bipolar shit, nigga, what?
That’s my superpower, nigga, ain’t no disability
I’m a superhero! I’m a superhero!
- From “Yikes”, by Kanye West
Yet another celebrity has come out in the open about his struggles with bipolar disorder. American rapper Kanye West, better known as the better half of reality star – Kim Kardashian, recently admitted that he had bipolar disorder (BD) and that his BD is the source of his strength and creativity. This was also evident in his latest track “Yikes”.
In the past, the singer’s open defiance of social mores, like his comments on slavery during a TMZ interview, had led to the speculation that there could be more behind his absurd behavior and social positioning. His tweets were especially ill-received, which led Kim Kardashian to tweet that just because his view on the politics of the day were different from others, he should not be judged in haste. “…your commentary on Kanye being erratic and his tweets being disturbing is actually scary. So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair,” she wrote.
Talking about mental health
Ever since it came to light that he had a condition, West has been vocal about the importance of treating mental health issues in America. In a recent interview with radio host Big Boy, he was quite sympathetic to the plight of people with a mental disorder. People who were not him (meaning did not have the same privileges as him) and had acted in the same manner as he did at TMZ, while they were at work…could find that they would have lost their jobs when they came back, he said.
In spite of the endless information and awareness campaigns being run by different organizations and government, at both the federal and state levels, people battling a mental illness are treated as outcasts. There is immense prejudice against them and anyone who opens up about his/her mental disorder at work is immediately sidelined or asked to leave the job on one pretext or the other. Although there are several acts that protect the interests of people with mental disabilities, the truth is that there is still a long way to go when it comes to accepting a person with a mental illness.
Bipolar more common than previously thought
Bipolar was once thought to be a rare disorder, however, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 5.7 million American adults (2.6 percent) aged 18 and older are affected by bipolar disorder every year. Formerly known as manic-depressive disorder, people with BD swing between mania and depression. However, the depressive phase is more common than mania. During the depressive phase, the person is beset with thoughts of melancholy, worthlessness and suicide. During the mania phase the person could be in an elevated or euphoric mood, experiencing extended spells of creativity or hyperactivity.
Treating bipolar disorder
Suffering from any mental illness, be it bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or depression, does not mean the end of the road for an individual. With proper diagnosis, timely treatment, medication and therapies, the malady can be treated.
Sovereign Health’s bipolar rehab centers in California treat their patients holistically to make them lead a normal life again. Patients at our state-of-the-art bipolar disorder treatment centers are either advised medications or therapeutic measures or a combination of both for prolonged relief. For more information about our bipolar disorder treatment centers, get in touch with our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online with our admissions counselor.