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Kanye West Gets Candid About His Paranoia While Having a Bipolar Episode: 'Everything's a Conspiracy'

Kanye West Gets Candid About His Paranoia While Having a Bipolar Episode: 'Everything's a Conspiracy'

Kanye West is opening up about his struggle with bipolar disorder, and what it’s like to have an episode.

The 41-year-old Ye rapper appeared on an upcoming episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman.

“When you’re in this state, you’re hyper-paranoid about everything. Everyone — this is my experience, other people have different experiences — everyone now is an actor. Everything’s a conspiracy. You feel the government is putting chips in your head. You feel you’re being recorded. You feel all these things,” he said during the interview.

“You have this moment [where] you feel everyone wants to kill you. You pretty much don’t trust anyone,” he went on to say.

“They have this moment where they put you — 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 am so happy that 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,” he explained.

“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. And you start acting erratic, as TMZ would put it.”

“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.”

He went on to discuss the stigma of mental illness.

“It’s a health issue that has a strong stigma on it and people are allowed to say anything about it and discriminate in any way. This is like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle. And if someone has a sprained ankle, you’re not going to push on him more. With us, once our brain gets to a point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse. They do everything possible. They got us to that point and they do everything to make it worse.”

For more from Kanye‘s interview, head to ETonline.com.

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  • cuzjcacjo

    he must be reading about his condition/episode after he is out of the episode. my family member has frequent episodes and they cannot remember much about their condition while in an episode. he is being told, or reading.

  • Lolo23

    The fact that his so called wife won’t aknowledge his condition is sad. Their “he’s a free thinker” rhetoric is ridiculous and it puts him in a bad light. I had a relative who would have crazy rants where he wouldn’t shut up for hours on end but he wasn’t a public fugure. The fact that he has people in his life that enable his episodes and label him as a genuis is beyond. He needs to take care of himself before he endas up dead js.

  • Adri562a90na

    That almost sounds like paranoid schizophrenia. I don’t know all of his history though.

  • Adri562a90na

    I agree. and the fact that she kept having kids with him. Now they’re at a higher risk for it too, but they won’t know until they’re around adulthood.

  • Lolo23

    I know, she doesn’t care as long as they’re cute of course.

  • Lolo23

    I know, she doesn’t care as long as they’re cute of course.

  • Lolo23

    I know, she doesn’t care as long as they’re cute of course.

  • Lolo23

    I know, she doesn’t care as long as they’re cute of course.