I love Stacey Abrams, and think she would be an excellent VP. Voting rights needs to be the primary focus of the Biden presidency considering that modern Republicans seem to be increasingly comfortable with subverting and suppressing the vote and using any and all dirty tricks to steal elections.
As reprehensible as Kanye gets, and he goes deep sometimes, I just feel sad because I know how crippling mental health disorders can be. For many years I was medicated/treated for bipolar because at that time a PTSD diagnosis was not extended to anyone who didn’t serve in a war. The various medications & cocktails,… Read more
“But the idea was planted in my head from an early age that sometimes my emotions lie to me.” This is very much what I felt like when I came through active addiction. I had a realization that my brain lied to me; told me I could use “just once”. It was devastating knowing I couldn’t trust the voice in my head.… Read more
This was a great and insightful read!
I’m really late to this post, but thank you so much for this article. So many of the comments in the last few articles about Kanye, people just have no understanding of Bipolar and how it manifests. I have a lot of it in my family, and I’m kind of BP adjacent myself, so this whole thing is hard to watch. Thank you for… Read more
I would also like to suggest that The Root keep talking about Black mental health. Blacks have a lot of trauma in their backgrounds racism, implcit bias, watching modern day lynchings, economic struggles. Very susceptible to mental illness and don’t talk about it enough.
Thanks for posting something decent about bipolar disorder to counter the shit takes that have been running rampant.
What makes the manic phase so much of an issue is that it feels so fucking good. I have no desire to be normal, I want to be just a little manic. The level of manic where I am funny, in a good mood, getting shit done and not worrying about shit, not the manic where I spend all my money and get in bar brawls, though… Read more
Ultimately, this was my question, as well: Why are people enthusiastically co-signing the rantings of a very ill man? It’s sad to watch and infuriating to see people supporting it as if he’s making sense.
Thank you for this. I have bipolar disorder, as well, and it is extremely difficult to watch Kanye, with unfathomable wealth and resources, do what he’s doing. It would be different if this were the initial onset before diagnosis when everything is terrifying and confusing and unknown. Read more
Really well done thank you. I just had a severe bipolar episode (my diagnosis now Bipolar 1 instead of 2) in April that was probably triggered in part by predisposition (previous hypomania) and the COVID pandemic. Came close to losing everything as I spiraled and angered and drank and became disorganized to the point… Read more
Thank you for this article!
As others have said, mental health treatment in America is only for the middle class. If you’re poor, you can’t afford it. If you’re rich, you can reshape reality enough to avoid ever feeling like you need treatment. That seems to be what Kanye’s doing. Might explain some of his affinity for Trump, they’re kindred… Read more
Thank you for this.
This was extremely enlightening. I have two nieces (sisters) who both are bi-polar. When the older one started experiencing the symptoms she was in university. She began to ‘act out’ in inexplicable ways. A diagnosis was a long time coming for her but eventually she received the help she needed. The younger sister was… Read more