Kanye West doesn’t want you to feel his suffering from bipolar sickness. He thrives because of it. It’s his self-proclaimed superpower. It’s used in candid statement scrawled on an album cover and worn as a badge of honour.
But that depiction, while powerful and optimistic, is only a half-truth. There are lots of elements to lambast Kanye West for, but his mental health issues shouldn’t be among them. It’s not a marketing ploy for his new coming album. It’s not a program to legitimise his official candidacy. It’s a reason for alarm and call for aid.
We don’t need a new album from Kanye West right now. We also don’t need to follow his ongoing manic episode destabilising through our social media feeds. But it’s there. Sure, that “Shia is Cap” tweet is an instant classic in the lexicon of great Kanye tweets, but there’s also the dark side to his occasional tweets. His confrontational, paranoid statement directed at mother-in-law Kris Jenner and wife Kim Kardashian West after they tried to intercede were publicly mocked. However, they had still retweeted hundreds of thousands of times before he deleted them. Hopefully, somewhere down the line, Kanye can smile with his family about the eldest Jenner’s “Kris Jong-Un” nickname. The problem here is that we’re all watching the crisis from afar through the cognitive dissonance of a computer screen, the infinite scrolling of a twitter timeline and headlines (including ones on HypeBeast).
Followers and critics alike often dismiss these “among ups” as Kanye being Kanye West. Still, this latest incident was another The severity promoted Kin to open up about her husband’s mental illness in a way that she hasn’t before. “We as a community talk about giving thanks to the issue of mental health as a whole, however, we should also give grace to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most, she composed in a post for her 182million Instagram followers.
- Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West
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There are supported moments when bipolar‘s manic qualities elevate one’s energy to addicting levels. Racing thoughts usher in new ideas and every time of faux-enlightenment only further one’s delusion of grandeur.
Synapses spark in the brain at such a fast-fire pace that those periods of prolonged excitement – deemed as inspiration by the person in the throes of mania – dissolve when they can’t calm down. Too much of the outside world, people diagnosed with bipolar who display manic symptoms talk at a speed too fast to be understandable and invoke topics that are seemingly disconnected and nonsensical. Kanye described the feeling in David Letterman’s 2019 Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. “I feel a heightened connection with the universe when I’m ramping up.
Kanye West decision to refuse medication is a poor one. Losing control during mania is a near-certainty when the disorder is not combated through some combination of mood stabilizers, anticonvulsants and antipsychotics, the latter of which already come with a strong stigma attached. What’s disconcerting is watching his crisis play out in real-time and seeing the way it defines bipolar disorder in the collective consciousness.
Kanye revealing his psychiatric hold at UCLA’s medical centre back in 2016 served as the first introduction for many to the illness even though a reported 2.5 per cent of United States citizens are actively living with bipolar disorder.
Kanye doesn’t own the mental health society his advocacy nor does he have the privilege to work through desire and depression in private because of his celebrity. Every random tweet on twitter and carelessly uniformed off-the-cuff statement during a presidential rally hurts those attempting to open up about their own inner battle.