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We Don’t Need a New Album Right Now – Kanye West

Op-ed: Kanye’s public mania deserves compassion.
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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
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West
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If you’ve been following Kanye West in 2020, then you’ve seen him struggle. Kanye declared his 2020 presidential campaign under the newly formed Birthday Party. He’s pivoted from being a fervent supporter of United State President Donald Trump to criticising the current president in an Acappella freestyle over the phone with Forbes after the statement verified his billionaire rank. Kanye announced a 10-year partnership with Gap for an extended YEEZY line. Somewhere in Wyoming, he’s developing prototypes of his YZY shelters, sustainable houses for the homeless meant to change America’s architectural appearance and earnings inequality. On top of all those ongoing projects, Kanye promised a brand new album – his second straight nonsecular release, initially called God’s Country but currently named after his deceased mother, DONDA.
With someone as supremely gifted as Kanye West, it’s quite hard to see where the dream ends, and the mania begins.
He can declare himself power and present a long list of achievements in many fields to back those claims up. His Lifelong fans will readily do that, too.
Both followers of Kanye and those in the media are often quick to lend their understanding to display of worry and fear in the public field, Stars are applauded for their openness about these struggles, and they should be.
In these spaces, mental health days are usually accepted and encouraged part of a progressive work environment to combat stress. But the next line of severe mental sickness like bipolar disorder is often met with ignorance and prejudice. How many occasions has Kanye been called crazy?
Millennials and Generation Zers are ofter lauded for their acceptance and open-mindedness. But many have neither the mental health vocabulary to accurately discuss what Kanye is going through nor the empathy to step back from the spectacle and humanise his struggle. The terms manic and bipolar are ofter substituted for crazy, psycho or even conflated with schizophrenia, all of which stigmatise those sicknesses. Education points to an overall lack of access to mental health support as the main root of the current multi-generational mental health crisis in the United States.

Kanye West’s Mental Health NetFlix

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.

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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.

Meaning Of Bipolar according to Google

A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.
The exact cause of the bipolar disorder isn’t known, but a combination of genetics, environment and altered brain structure and chemistry may play a role.
Manic episodes may include symptoms such as high energy, reduced need for sleep and loss of touch with reality. Depressive episodes may include symptoms such as low energy, low motivation and loss of interest in daily activities. Mood episodes last days to months at a time and may also be associated with suicidal thoughts.
Treatment is usually lifelong and often involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy.
Source: HypeBeast and Google

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