Music star Kanye West has been very open about his struggles with mental health in the past. Now, he is opening up and speaking to the public. In the most recent episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, Kanye opened up about his issues with mental health.
“I can just tell you what I’m feeling at the time,” Kanye said. “I feel a heightened connection with the universe when I’m ramping up. It is a health issue. This is like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle, and if someone has a sprained ankle, you’re not gonna push on them more.”
He goes on to add: “You feel everyone wants to kill you, you pretty much don’t trust anyone, and they have this moment where 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’m so happy I experienced myself so I can start by changing that moment. When you are in that state, you have to have someone you trust. It is cruel and primitive to do that.
“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,. 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.”
Kanye has dealt with bipolar disorder throughout his life and is now more open than ever.
You can watch the full clip below.