Kanye West Urges Doctors to Treat Mental Health Patients With More Care
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During an interview on 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction', the 'Heartless' hitmaker gets candid with David Letterman about what he experienced when he had a bipolar episode.

AceShowbiz - Kanye West is determined to fight for the rights of so-called "crazy" people, insisting doctors treating mental health issues often make things worse for their patients.

The rapper was diagnosed bipolar two years ago and had a very frightening episode at the end of 2017, which forced him to scrap a series of tour dates, but he has been clear and off medication for the past nine months - and now he can look back at what he went through with clarity as he urges medical officials to treat the mentally unstable with more care.

"When you're in this state, you're hyper paranoid about everything...," he tells David Letterman in the second season of Netflix show "My Next Guest Needs no Introduction with David Letterman". "Everyone now is an actor, everything is a conspiracy.... You feel the government is putting chips in your head, you feel you're being recorded. You feel all of these things.

"You get taken and you have this moment where you feel everyone wants to kill you; you pretty much don't trust anyone and they have this moment, where they handcuff you, they drug you, they put you on the bed and then they separate you from everyone you know."

"They don't do that to pregnant women. That's something that I am so happy that I experienced myself, so I can start to change that moment... When you are in that state, you have to have someone that you trust. It is cruel and primitive to do that."

The "Stronger" hitmaker also opened up about how he feels when his condition puts him on a natural high: "I feel a heightened connection with the universe when I'm ramping up," he explains. "It (bipolar) is a health issue that has a strong stigma on it and people are allowed to say anything they want about it..".

"This is like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle, and if someone has a sprained ankle, you're not gonna push on them more. With us, once our brain is at the point of straining, people do everything to make it worse."

The rap star is happy he's not dependent on the medication he has been prescribed, telling Letterman, "My form of mental health is, I think, like the luxury version of it... When people are schizophrenic and they have deeper forms of that, it's people who can't function without medication."

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