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Kanye West Opens Up About Living With Bipolar Disorder - 'You’re Hyper-Paranoid About Everything'

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Kanye West gets candid about his bipolar diagnosis for the first time. Find out what the rapper said about living with the disorder and more inside...

Kanye West was diagnosed with bipolar disorder two years ago. And we all know 2016 was an insane year for the rapper. You'll recall, he had that infamous "slavery was a choice" rant, he was proudly rocking that red MAGA hat, and he eventually ended up being hospitalized. At the time, it was reported he was hospitalized for “his own health and safety” after a medical welfare call.  He ended up having to cancel cocert dates until he got well.

Now, we know the PABLO rapper was having an episode, or several.  After staying hush hush about his diagnosis, the Grammy Award winning rapper is now getting candid about it all.

“If you don’t take medication every day to keep you at a certain state, you have a potential to ramp up and it can take you to a point where you can even end up in the hospital,” West told David Letterman in a Season 2 episode of the Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman." “And you start acting erratic, as TMZ would put it.”

The 41-year-old rapper shared what he goes through when he goes on and off his medication.

“When you ramp up, it expresses your personality more. You can become almost more adolescent in your expression,” West explained. “This is my specific experience that I’ve had over the past two years because I’ve only been diagnosed for two years now.” You'll recall, Ye said he became addicted to opiods after undergoing liposuction.

“When you’re in this 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,” West shared. “You feel the government is putting chips in your head. You feel you’re being recorded. You feel all these things.

The "Ultra Lightbeams" rapper said doctors and the media have a way about labeling people with the "stigma of crazy."

"When you are in that state, you have to have someone you trust. It is cruel and primitive to do that," he continued. "They love to write you off. They love to cut your sentences off halfway," he shared. "What you say doesn’t mean as much."

"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," West said. "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."


Then, he said this:

“You have this moment [when] you feel everyone wants to kill you. You pretty much don’t trust anyone,” he added.


On the bright side, Ye credits his diagnosis for allowing him to create great music.

“That’s just the reality. If you want these crazy ideas and these crazy stages, this crazy music and this crazy way of thinking, there’s a chance it might come from a crazy person,” West said, laughing.

Peep a clip of Ye talking about his mother in a clip during the interview below: 



Peep the "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman” trailer below:


The series will begin streaming on Netflix starting this Friday, May 31st.

Photo: Liam Goodner / Shutterstock.com

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