The famous singer/rapper, Kanye West, voluntarily admitted himself into the UCLA Medical Center on November 21st after cancelling the remainder of his Saint Pablo Tour. The popular celebrity had decided to be hospitalized after suffering from exhaustion and sleep deprivation.

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Kanye West on the cover for his hit album ‘Life of Pablo’.

As the news of Kanye suffering from certain mental illnesses came as a shock to some of his fans and others, it was not as surprising to me. Kanye had hinted at showing signs of depression especially in some of his songs on his previous album.

In the song F.M.L the rapper includes a line where he states, “One last thing I need to let you know, you ain’t never seen nothing crazier than this n*** when he off his Lexapro”. The drug lexapro is a prescribed drug that is used to treat forms of depression and anxiety.
In the song, Kanye is referring to himself as he is ‘crazy’ when he is not on his antidepressant medication.

Being someone who is familiar with mental illness and the various different diseases that people experience on a daily basis, I can feel a sense of sorrow for the famous rapper. Although he is very wealthy and seems to present himself in such a strong and powerful way, he still experiences the awfulness and repercussions of mental illness.

For people who are unaware, mental illness is defined as “a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.” according to the site Mayo Clinic.

Mental illness is a serious disease, and effects multiple people on a daily basis. People are quick to judge others and say that it is just a ‘phase’ or an ‘excuse’. But, it is neither of those things.

According to News Week, “Every year, about 42.5 million American adults (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population in the United States) suffers from some mental illness, enduring conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.” That means nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffer from different mental illnesses.

Surprisingly, there has been loads of support from many different people backing up Kanye and mental illness. Sometimes being famous has its downfalls, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But, with Kanye going through this hard time people have been nothing but supportive in wishing him a full recovery, rather than insisting he is just ‘crazy’.

Although, there has been multiple accusations on why and how the rapper has resulted in this mental state, some people saying that the Paris robbery of his wife Kim Kardashian had a lot to do with what pushed him over the edge, as well as other accusations which you can read more about on Perez Hilton’s article.

In my opinion, I can see where the incident with his wife was definitely traumatic, I believe that he has been suffering with mental illness for a while even before hand. The rapper shows nearly no emotion when he is seen in public, giving paparazzi negative facial expressions, etc. People may say that he just does not want to get involved with drama, but Kanye has never been seen as a very upbeat and happy person.

Kanye West is reported to being home back with his wife and children as of last week, according to E News. But, is still being treated as an outpatient.

It is good to hear that he is in the presence of his friends and family, who are more than willing to try to do their best to help Kanye get back on his feet and beat this disease that he has been suffering from for a while now.

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Kanye West with wife Kim Kardashian, daughter North, and son Saint.

Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian has stayed away from social media since her incident in Paris, but has made several statements to different news sources on Kanye and how she is fully committed to being there for him and standing by his side, which is exactly what a good wife should be doing.

Mental illness effects more than just your average person, even celebrities suffer from this terrible disease. It is not something that should be taken lightly, or joked about by any means. It is sad to see this successful rapper being effected, but I am happy that he is being treated and is trying his hardest to overcome it.

For more information on mental illness visit The American Psychiatric Association or go to MentalHealth.gov on how to get some help!