Kanye West

Music producer Kanye West confirmed his bipolar diagnosis in a track on his new album, YE, which dropped Friday morning. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by wild mood swings, mania, depression and suicidal thoughts.



On, “I Thought About Killing You”, Kanye raps about murder-suicide and narcissism: “I love myself way more than I love you and I think about killing myself/ So best believe I thought about killing you today”.

Millions of people are diagnosed with bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic depression or manic-depressive disorder). The condition affects males and females equally.

Patients can be very moody then experience periods of elevated mood with little control over their manic behavior. When in an elevated mood, sufferers experience racing thoughts, are energetic, forget to eat, abuse drugs and alcohol, and get very little sleep.

Kanye’s friends describe all-night texting sessions with the rapper bouncing ideas and lyrics at them for hours.

Manic episodes vary in duration and intensity. Hospitalization is usually required when a patient experiences a prolonged manic episode.

One out of two people with bipolar disorder attempt suicide at least once during their lifetime.
 

What Causes Bipolar Disorder

The cause of bipolar disorder is unknown. Environmental and genetic factors may play a role. Other conditions commonly linked with bipolar disorder include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, schizophrenia and substance use.
 

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Mania (elevated mood, extreme excitement)
  • Depression
  • Short attention span
  • Rapid speech
  • Hypomania
  • Impulsivity
  • Excessive spending
  • Low libido (in depressive mood)
  • Hypersexual (in manic mood)
  • Insomnia
  • Memory lapses
  • Poor judgment
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Delusional thoughts
  • Hallucinations
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse
  •  

    Treatments

    Treatment includes medications such as mood stabilizers and antipsychotics as well as psychotherapy. The standard medicine for longtime stabilization of bipolar disorder is Lithium. Most patients are forced into treatment after experiencing a life-threatening episode.

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    • Reina1718

      Excuses excuses

    • Rayne

      The other symptom is his wife.

    • Keisha Hannah

      That explains alot.

    • FukkFolks2018

      Insomnia is listed twice

    • SomeonesMrs

      I am bipolar and so is my mother. The good thing about bipolar is that the meds work. I’ve been saying Kanye was bipolar for years. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had borderline personality disorder

    • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

      I remembered my life a year ago when I didn’t have to hear about Kanye everyday. Life was good

    • Rachel

      Right! I think he went nuts because his plan to turn a ho into a housewife didn’t work. He expected fans to give them the Bey and Jay hip hop royalty treatment instead they are the butt of the Get Out jokes.

    • Django the God

      LSD & Indica has been my best medicine.

    • Django the God

      And when I take melatonin all the weed feels like Indica #majorkey.

    • JENNYJONES1

      I’M SOOOOO SICK OF PEOPLE USING MENTAL ILLNESS WHEN THEY ARE CAUGHT DOING FVCKED UP ISH. SORRY BUT KANYE IS BI-POLAR AND HAS MENTAL ILLNESS WHEN IT’S CONVENIENT FOR HIM. GTFOH!!! BEING BI-POLAR JUST DOESN’T START AND HE HAD NOOOOO PROBLEM CONTROLLING HIS ASS WHEN HIS MAMA WAS HERE. KANYE’S PROBLEM IS HE NEVER SUFFERS THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS BAD BEHAVIOR (LIKE TRUMP)SO HE KEEPS PUSHING THE ENVELOPE. IF WHEN HE SAID ‘SLAVERY WAS A CHOICE’ HE WOULD HAVE GOT THE DELORIS TUCKER BURN YOUR ALBUM TREATMENT AKA SOME ‘GET RIGHT’ HE WOULD HAVE STRAIGHTEN RIGHT UP AND GOT BACK TO ACTING LIKE HIS OLD SELF. I KICKED KANYE TO THE CURB A LOOOOONG TIME AGO……….JENNY JONES!!!!

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Thanks for sharing your diagnosis with us. You’re right. I know people who are bipolar who do just fine on meds. The problem is many are non-compliant, especially the substance abusers.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      His mother made sure he was compliant with his medication. Notice how he spiraled downward after she died. Kim probably doesn’t care if he is on his meds or not. Remember, they still live in separate apartments in New York.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      LMAO!

    • tintin

      Very nice of you to admit your truth. My sister i assume is bipolar but we dont know how to help her

    • Scromes1212

      It’s more disturbing to me that the people who don’t like Kanye and have so much to say about him give him the most time and energy smh but he is the one that’s crazy?lol you don’t like him don’t listen. Simple

    • Meme

      Has everyone suffered mental illness before in their lifetime then? The reason I ask is I was truly shocked that anxiety was a mental illness I thought everyone once in their life would have been anxious ie doing an exam going for job interview wedding presentation at work? This really threw me

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      His mother made sure he was compliant with his medication
      _________________________________
      wow, Sandra, i never thought about it that way. it’s such a practical explanation of what went wrong with him. i’m not entertaining his manic behavior, but i do feel sad for him, smh

    • Django the God

      Scoop ditty woop.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Do a google search for mental health crisis in your area. Those people are angels. They will come to your home within the hour to talk to your sister (if she is in a manic episode) free of charge.

    • Quitedeliteful

      This medical minute explains a lot — I have a friend who was fine as long as she was working and had insurance. She lost her job and was still fine for about three months. I guess that’s when the medicine totally left her system and now she is bat-shyt crazy but thinks she’s fine. She has children and they are starting to exhibit the same behavior as her…

    • Cocoa Rose

      Not to sound judgmental, but Bipolar sufferers (who do no take their meds) are VERY hard to deal with. They are very impulsive with money and you have to walk around on eggshells with them with your words. Not worth it in my opinion. I would rather be alone than in a relationship with one.

    • stav

      Those are extremely dark lyrics, as the narcissist he is , I doubt very seriously he’d hurt himself, I just hope he doesn’t hurt anyone else.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
    • Julia Lyons

      The medication is very difficult to get used to. Sometimes it is not worth the side effects. Most bi-polar patients have to be on 2 or 3 medications to properly stabilize their mood swings. Yes, it is difficult to deal with the ebb and flow of the moods. However, you should never count a person out. Bi-polar is best treated with Rx, therapy, and lots of SUPPORT.

    • Coffy

      They don’t live in New York.

    • Django the God

      Haha ha ha haha

    • Julia Lyons

      Bi-polar people are very interesting and ECCENTRIC. You can’t help but be intrigued by their behavior ???

    • blissful1973

      Makes sense…that’s the ONLY person he ever listened to and now that she’s gone, he is all over the place.

    • JENNYJONES1

      THAT MAYBE TRUE BUT WHENEVER HE IS CALLED OUT ON HIS BS HE GETS BACK RIGHT SO I’M NOT CONVENIENCED THAT MENTAL ILLNESS IS THE EXCUSE FOR ALL OF HIS ACTION. SEEMS HIS MENTALLY ISSUES ARE ALWAYS HIS ‘GO TO’ EXCUSE FOR HIS BS THOUGH……….JENNY JONES!!!!

    • stav

      Thank you Coffy! I learned the hard way, they truly do go hand in hand. The anxiety causes you to focus on things that have occurred or have yet to occur, and focusing on these things so much(I mean you can’t stop thinking of certain things no matter how hard you try) your heart rate goes up , the feeling of pressure in your chest. The constant thought of those things sooner or later makes you depressed because you just can’t let it go. Sorry had to vent, I know how you feel. I suffer as well, also Hypochondria is no joke.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      i know of someone who suffers from anxiety Attacks, which is very different from normal anxiety reactions. this person actually experiences fear and becomes physically immobilized.

    • Django the God
    • SomeonesMrs

      My mother struggles with substance abuse. The problem is sometimes the meds work too well and you think you aren’t sick. I struggled with this the first 3 yrs after my diagnosis. Thanks for the post

    • stav

      Meditation.. I know! Sometimes this is difficult too because you’re so focused on the object of your anxiety. Thanks!

    • ShadesofEMPRESS

      Dont diagnosis her unless you really know. The black community tends to do that for some reason. Im not being mean at all just saying. People were doing that with my aunt and she wasn’t bipolar just was going through a bad divorce. She had problems in her marriage and no one knew.

    • Readytochokemothernatureout

      Lol

    • Django the God

      No focus. Just a soft gaze at the wall in front of you.

    • Renee26

      I think my ex is bipolar… We couldn’t make it work because he could check off about 98% of those symptoms

    • Skin Deep Beauty

      And he also said that if he killed himself he’d kill Kim too… NOT SURPRISED AT ALL… SHE IS STUCK WITH HIM!

    • Renee26

      Swear!!

    • Renee26

      That helfa probably didn’t even know he needed meds until he got committed

    • stav

      TY!

    • Skin Deep Beauty

      Exactly… I concur with you 100 percent!

    • Logan Roberts

      Welp for better or worse ?

    • Django the God
    • justlooking

      That’s too bad. No jokes, no shade Affordable care act is available.

    • EMILY POST

      Sooo it has taken people this long to figure something is wrong with Kanye West….. Wow…. the sheep were to busy following and hanging on to his every move.
      Mental Health is a serious situation. Good you are shedding light on it.

    • Renee26

      LSD…wait a minute

    • Readytochokemothernatureout

      I’ll take your word for it, I have all his cds stopping at 2010. I hope he continues to get help.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      *cackles*

    • justlooking

      This is real, it also comes form Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

      We place so much on our shoulders and you gotta have 50 things going on or your are not about that life. I’m guilty of this. We said recently it’s gotta stop..Tuna fish and crackers works for the sprites and it’s working for us.

    • justlooking

      Prayer works for me and telling you so good sleep. YES SIR

    • Quitedeliteful

      The problem is she thinks she’s fine and it’s hard to get help for someone against their will…

    • justlooking

      It’s chemistry day to day, week to week….

    • justlooking

      Yeah, thankfully she has not hit rock bottom and hope she does not. : (

    • Django the God
    • Kemi

      Well, I see no reason as to why he can’t get the medical help he needs with him being financially buoyant. He probably lacking the emotional support that he needs, and that explains the constant attention seeking antics.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      just had this convo with my bestie on monday. she ministers, runs a charity, volunteers, sings & performs, and just stays on the move, generally. she came by the house (on the way back from doing a radio interview in Bmore) and i had to basically shame her into sitting down for a minute. then our other fren called on the phone and they were going over all the things they had lined-up and why we hadn’t gotten together lately. i’m listening to them and marveling because i’m not about to be doing all that, LOL! they even joked on me, talkin bout she says ‘no’ to everything and without explanation. i’m an unapologetic introvert and homebody. i’ll donate, write a check, or even work a soup line, but i ain’t gonna be at every event. sorry, not sorry, LOL!

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
    • FukkFolks2018

      Lord I done took up for Ye twice in the original Ye post just now. Let me go find some food. I must be delusional my damn self.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      oh no. is her family able to help with the children? this is sad.

    • Meme

      Till death use do part

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      chile, he so pitiful tho, smh

    • justlooking

      THIS….My granny usta to say, you gotta go every time somebody say jump on the wagon. I am certain she was born in 1850.

      Lissen, I’m tired RIGHT from going over that.

    • Django the God

      LOL already

    • FlyMiss

      So wait, when Kanye first started ranting online and we said he had a mental illness, his wife Kim K came on twitter saying we shouldn’t be so quick to say it’s a mental illness – hes “always been expressive” ONLY TO NOWWWWW COME OUT AND SAY HE HAS A MENTAL ILLNESS????

    • justlooking

      Heard that from some frens

    • Mr.LeBrickJames

      Kinda scary though. If she wants to divorce him one day, she might decide that she just can’t since he’d kill her.

    • justlooking

      Crazy people flock together.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      i guess i ran the streets enough when i was young. i’m over it…. no more wagon jumping for me, LOL!

    • Meme

      Yeah that makes sense what you say that there is a difference normal anxiety and actual anxiety attacks

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
    • tintin

      Youre right

    • Miss Thang

      Bipolar disorder is OVER DIAGNOSED. Doctors too scared to diagnose people with personality disorders. Kanye has NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER. Plain and simple.

    • Trace da Ace

      I need some of that for my cataracts….or something…hell..I just want some…lol

    • Trace da Ace

      #truth

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
    • Miss Thang

      yes, he could have NPD or BPD. The man has a personality disorder for sure.

    • Django the God
    • Miss Thang

      and for Kum to continue having kids with this sick man is insane!!!!!!

    • Strip Club Veteran

      We surely didnt need him to tell us that as we already knew.

    • Miss Thang

      If she harms her children, PLEASE REPORT IT.

    • Nikkiknows

      Thanks for saying this, it’s appreciated.

    • Miss Thang

      If she threatens to harm herself or anyone else, you can call the cops and see if they will do a psychiatric hold.

    • Julia Lyons

      Another side effect is that you actually start feeling better and feel that you no longer need the medication. You have to remind yourself that it is the medication along with ongoing counseling that is giving you a new lease on life.

    • Miss Thang

      His mother would’ve slapped him upside his crazy ass head if he had said that mess while she was here. Idc how grown you are. A black mother will check you no matter your age.

    • Nikkiknows

      Thank you for sharing, very brave of you.

    • Miss Thang

      he actually said this??????????

    • Logan Roberts

      Kim trying to secure that child support bag ?.

    • Pamela

      Lol. You right though.

    • Pamela

      Say what now? LSD?

    • Chaseboogie The Prince

      Rhymefest stated that Kanye did have borderline personality disorder. He actually said Kanye was schizophrenic. This was after Kanye’s rant a few years back when he said Bey and Jay don’t let Blu play with North, before he disappeared for a while and then returned to the public.

    • Miss Thang

      xD

    • i troll it like i see it

      I’m bipolar too, and borderline/narcissistic personality (although I do NOT agree with that diagnosis) and this whole write up was very close to home but you are right, the medications do work if you are consistent and practice self care. That’s why I don’t understand why so many people are hypercritical of people with bipolar disorder. You’d never know it if we didn’t tell you as long as we’re taking care. Kanye has failed to do so! But I’d be willing to bet every damn body knows at least ONE person with bipolar disorder. It’s NOT that uncommon.

    • Django the God
    • i troll it like i see it

      Took me four different medications to see what works best. It takes time.

    • Reina1718

      THANK U!!!

    • Reina1718

      Fake ol diagnosis bi polar! Ppl with bad attitudes go to dr & get told they are bi polar & bam u get a check! Fake ol issue

    • i troll it like i see it

      Remember, they still live in separate apartments in New York.
      ———————————-
      Bwahahaaha that was messaay..how do you know that?!

    • MISSMEWITDATBULL

      AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • i troll it like i see it

      This is true, panic attacks keep you from moving, talking, you’re frozen…its suffocating.

    • joel adams

      Ok…whats blac chyna doin

    • justlooking

      Iono…I’ll have to ask. FA real I perfer WINE

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      Ain’t shyt disorder … ??

    • Queen B

      I think my bf is bipolar I caught him spying on me when I was at my mom house then i get a text from him saying “stay on the phone with that niqqa” ? Lol i was like niqqa what?! U get caught spying on me and some how u try to flip on me smh i been telling him for years that he need to get evaluated even though I’m a therapist that can give a diagnosis he need to see someone other than me

    • garrisonville

      Sound more like his ass is just a stalker. Hope his spying ass found what he was looking for. Lol

    • trisha hunter

      Yes you are correct! I have met several people in my life that are bipolar. It ain’t no joke! I have watched co-workers who had it and lost their jobs because of instability. I have had friends who had it that couldn’t keep a healthy relationship because of it. I’ve known others that married into it and to this day the struggle is real! Especially for family members, husbands, wives, children and relationship partners who are connected to people with this mental illness. So please, if you have bipolar get help. It’s not just for you, but for everyone you are connected to. Let me tell you #Love is a powerful thing! It can overcome any obstacle. We just have to be mindful of more than just ourselves. Kanye is a selfish individual. Unless he gets help for his mental illness, not only will he suffer, but everyone around him might as well have it too because they will feel the effects of it. So let love for yourselve and others decide for you. Please…

    • Chuck

      So he thought about killing Jay-Z and himself?? Or, maybe the doctor who he blames for killing his mom??? Why not just kill ya self????

    • Skin Deep Beauty

      Yep the lyrics in one of the songs… Something like I love me and I love you if I kill myself I’ma kill you too..

    • Skin Deep Beauty

      She will never be able to divorce him he would never ever be able to live with her being with another man especially around his children

    • Karen Brady

      I heard Bobby Brown said he’ll smack this fool.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      yeah, i’m loving blush/rosé wines right now…. refreshing, not too sweet, and low on tannin. Cheers Whig! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/424b2ec84315364f72ed2c4b7a7a3ce8176cf7e9bf975d4f93660e74c765d369.jpg

    • Miss Thang

      yes, but he didn’t say KIM.

    • Missy

      Right.. I have an aunt who thinks she’s a damn dr…& needs to see 1.

    • Queen B

      Lol he crazy

    • Missy

      Right. Several (real) celebrities & artists have mental disorders. Their minds are just different.

    • blissful1973

      Anxiety alone and severe anxiety are two different things. When it’s severe, you have panic attacks on the regular and find it difficult to function in everyday life due to insomnia and other ailments that ensue as a result. Everyone gets anxious sometimes but that does not constitute mental illness. Also, it’s usually coupled with depression (also comes in degrees) or some other ailment.

    • Miss Thang

      i hope he does.

    • ShadesofEMPRESS

      Lmbao

    • Cali

      BIPOLAR my arse!!! Such a Convenient way out for Koonye after making a fool of himself for far too long. He’s already falsely walking around portraying a black man, now he will add mental illness patient to that act to further TARNISH folks idea of Bipolar as some idiotic attention-seeking fool. What is it called when you’ve had too much Oxi over a period of more than a decade and and managed by a porn star???? You have Koonye Kardashian as he is right now, leave the rest out.

    • Trace da Ace

      I would looooveeee to see Kanye get smacked up by Bobby B!!!!

    • Trace da Ace

      where you be tho??? Its Friday…..I’m almost off work….ain’t go shit else to do….

    • Trace da Ace

      I’m so sick and tired of this dude….man…ok we get it…you crazy….big fucking whoop……so now what?

    • fRAktal Reality

      Kanye is undeserving of his ethnic name which has different meanings in Yoruba and Igbo.

      White-acculturated Blacks and their self-destructive thinking, behavior and actions are a blight among autochthonous ethnic groups everywhere. Their erasure and severance from ANCESTRAL PRIME BASE bloodlines is welcomed.

    • justlooking

      It would be Rose…a former Rose said I was her. ???

    • Mischelle

      I know someone who just went through this. She was butt naked writing stuff on the ground, thought someone was following her, and was talking about God and evil. Scared the crap out of me as it seemingly came out of the blue. She was diagnosed with Manic something….can’t remember the full diagnosis.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      lol! Have a lovely weekend Whig!?

    • Gamer?? Chick

      Sounds like BIC Sky as well.

    • BadAss Will

      OMG I literally have almost all those symptoms….. ????

    • Ozad

      did you just describe Roseanne Barr

    • dontgetblocked

      It’s still his responsibility to control his craziness! This fool been cray cray for years. Ain’t nothiing new.

    • Malcom Flex

      “F Kanye” – Me

    • http://www.swedishsoul.com Christina Duphorn Zehnder

      These motherfokers have issues. They need therapy. I have a great therapist.

    • Jussjess25

      He lyin so yall can feel sorry for him after making those comments. Dont fall for it yall ?

    • Snoodle

      The bigber issue is that he admits to his narcissim that’s probably been diagnosed. There isn’t a drug to take for it. It’s a personality disorder that is on a spectrum & is caused by childhood trauma. It has everything to do with self esteem regulation. That’s why he also identifies with Trump.

    • Raquelle Dellaghetto

      Yah right. His own wife said ppl shouldn’t be throwing around the mental illness line so quickly and that her husband was just “opinionated” ?

    • MsVida

      My bff is bipolar/PTSD and, holy moly the marathon texting I can relate to. We text daily, but on her manic days she’s texting, dm’ing, and calling all at the same time. It goes on for hours. I live across the country from her but I’m still exhausted by the time it’s over. I can’t even imagine how it feels for her.

    • Tre

      i knew this i could see it, well i am glad he is getting help

    • Tre

      good to know thx Sandra

    • Quitedeliteful

      They help as best as they can but they are overwhelmed at this point. Not only that, the children don’t really want any help. They think that they’re fine. And there’s teenagers they have really bad attitudes…

    • MRBigshot100

      ?????

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      oh, okay. i thought they were younger/smaller children…. yeah, teenagers are whole different ‘animal’ LOL!

      i hope they all get the help (professional) they need though… hopefully they can turn it around.