Why Kim Kardashian Doesn’t Think Treating Kanye West’s Bipolar Disorder with Medication is an Option
For the past few years, people have been wondering if something has been a little off with Kanye West. When he began sporting a MAGA hat and claiming that slavery was a choice, fans certainly knew something was up with the rapper.
In 2016, West revealed that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since then, he and his wife Kim Kardashian West have been working to manage the condition.
How does West feel about his diagnoses?
In November of 2016, West was hospitalized for exhaustion shortly after canceling his Saint Pablo tour. He was taken to the UCLA medical center for a psychiatric evaluation after acting erratically.
According to a radio dispatch from the Los Angeles Fire Department obtained by TMZ, the emergency team who responded called the incident a “psychiatric emergency.”
By the time West was taken to the hospital he was medically stable, sources told People.
Later, with the release of his seven-track album, Ye, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. On the cover art for the album, he chose to display the words, “I Hate Being Bipolar. It’s Awesome.”
But West reportedly wasn’t sad about the diagnoses.
“I had never been diagnosed until I was 39,” West told Big Boy in an interview after the release of his album. “But like I said on the album, it’s not a disability, it’s a superpower.”
Why West doesn’t treat his disorder with medication
There are several routes of treatment that a person with bipolar disorder can take. The most common way to deal with the condition is through therapy and a combination of medications, including antipsychotics and Selective S
West has chosen not to use any of these medications to treat his disorder.
“For him, being on medication is not really an option, because it just changes who he is,” Kardashian West explained in her recent Vogue spread. “Traveling a lot does set it off, so he doesn’t travel as much as he used to.”
Though they don’t use medication, the couple has found other ways to keep West in a good place mentally.
“It is an emotional process, for sure,” she told the outlet. “Right now everything is really calm. But we can definitely feel episodes coming, and we know how to handle them.”
How has the disorder affected Kardashian West and West’s relationship?
Being in the public eye while trying to deal with bipolar disorder can’t be easy. And being married to someone who has the condition has it’s own set of issues, especially if everyone blames you for your partner’s outbursts.
“I think some of the hurtful things that I read online: ‘What is she doing? She’s not stopping him…’ Like it’s my fault if he does or says something that they don’t agree with?” the reality star said
When West began wearing a MAGA hat and taking pictures with President Trump, people called for Kardashian West to stop him, but ultimately, worrying about the situation was just ruining the couple’s relationship.
“I can be sitting there crying: OH, MY GOD! TAKE OFF THE RED HAT!” she said. “Because he really is the sweetest person with the biggest heart. I stopped caring, though. Because I used to care so much. I was making it such an issue in our relationship. And in my life. It gave me so much anxiety.”
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