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SNL's Pete Davidson Reveals Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis

SNL's Pete Davidson Reveals Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis

Pete Davidson, one of the comedians on Saturday Night Live, revealed his battle with borderline personality disorder.

“I’ve been a pothead forever. Around October [or] September last year, I started having these mental breakdowns where I would, like, freak out and then not remember what happened after. Blind rage,” the 25-year-old comedian said on WTF With Marc Maron.

“I never really did any other drugs, so I was like, ‘I’m gonna try to go to rehab. Maybe that’ll be helpful,’ So I go and I get off weed. They told me there, they’re like, ‘You might be bipolar,’ and I was like, ‘OK.’ So they’re like, ‘We’re gonna try you on these meds.’ And then I got out [of rehab], and then I started smoking weed again – and I’m on meds,” he continued. Two months later he revealed he had a “really bad mental breakdown.”

“I should’ve just said, ‘I’m quitting weed,’ because now people think I do drugs. I’m very embarrassed at this point,” he added.

“I found out I have BPD, which is borderline personality disorder. One of my psychiatrists [diagnosed me]. He was always saying before this big meltdown, ‘You’re probably bipolar or borderline, we’re just going to have to figure it out.’ … I’m depressed all the time,” Pete continued. “It is working, slowly but surely. I’ve been having a lot of problems. This whole year has been a f–king nightmare. This has been the worst year of my life, getting diagnosed with this and trying to figure out how to learn with this and live with this.”

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  • John Dencoff

    Sara, although the DSM puts disorders into nice, tidy categories, life often doesn’t work that way. In people diagnosed with BPD, depression is extremely common – so common, in fact, that many will be given a comorbid diagnosis of depression just so they’re “covered” per insurance. So do they really have two separate but co-existing conditions, or is it more the case that the features of BPD and depression strongly overlap? Psychiatry and psychology are not the same as more straightforward medical diagnoses (e.g. a broken leg, or a failing kidney), and many have been arguing for more than a decade that psych diagnostics should be done functionally rather than categorically as it is in the DSM.

    The differentiation between Bipolar and BPD is just not always as clear as the DSM categorical “system” implies (I mean, just take a look at the criteria for each). I’d also point out that “personality” disorder suggests character flaws rather than biological / neurochemical problems, and frankly that’s another problem with the labeling – and one that leads to judgment from society that is usually unwarranted.