Kanye West has opened up about his bipolar in a new interview with David Letterman for his Netflix show ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.’
Addressing his often criticised public behaviour, Kanye reveals to Letterman the inner-workings of his brain saying, “When you’re in this state, you’re hyper-paranoid about everything.”
He adds, “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.
Kanye reveals that he’s on daily medication to keep his bipolar in check.
“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,” he said acknowledging his own hospitalisation recently. “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.”
Kanye likened his mental illness to that of any other type of injury to the body saying, “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.”