Bipolarism: 14 celebrated people who have lived with the condition
1. Kanye West
West candidly discussed his bipolar disorder. And walked it back, and then admitted he was off meds for six months, and then returned to candid. For many, he has become the living face of bipolarism.
In August he said on Jimmy Kimmel Live that bipolarism "drives more of how you really feel."
"So I think it's important for us to have... open conversations about mental health. Especially with me being black, because we never had therapists in the black community. We never approached taking medication,"
"There are some cases of bipolar where people go low, I'm one that goes high. Like Michelle Obama said, 'Go high,'" West continued. "[I don't have extreme periods of depression] because I just say it. I'll say it on real TV. Like, 'Oh, I thought about killing myself.' And then the thought is gone."
"[People] need to be able to express themselves without fear of judgement," he said. "What I love telling people is, like... I don't know anyone who f*cked up as much as I have, but is still as successful."
You are not alone. There are many faces of bipolarism.
Over 3.3 million American adults are diagnosed with bipolarism each year. An estimated 4.4 percent of U.S. adults have experienced bipolarism over the course of their lives.
This condition causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and ability to do everyday tasks. There are four levels of bipolarism that are diagnosable, each person's symptoms varying in range and degree.
There is a lot of stigma surrounding bipolarism. Those who are bipolar sometimes feel guilty or shameful.
Increasing, there is no reason for shame in either seeking treatment or discussing the condition. Bipolarism can occur in anyone.
And it does.
But he's one of many celebrities who live and manage bipolarism. Click below to check out our list of famous celebrities who have been diagnosed and openly discuss the condition..