Kanye West captured the world’s attention with his rap music and tabloid-worthy private life. These days, however, he is more likely to make headlines because of his ongoing mental health issues. West received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which has resulted in sometimes combative and erratic behavior that is regularly reported on in the press. The National Alliance on Mental Health reports that 2.8% of people in the U.S. suffer from bipolar disorder, with nearly 83% of those cases considered to be severe.

Talking Openly About Being Bipolar

While he is sometimes considered a controversial celebrity, Kanye West’s openness about being bipolar allows the public an opportunity to gain insight into the illness. West recently spoke to David Letterman about being forced into an involuntary psychiatric hold. He compared his condition to “living with a sprained brain.”  

When Families Feel Helpless

Kanye West has stated that he does not regularly take medication for his condition. His wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, said that “the family is powerless unless the member is a minor” when it comes to getting a loved one to seek treatment and take necessary medications. Many family and friends of those with bipolar find it frustrating when they want someone they care about to seek help but cannot make them take the appropriate actions. While you cannot force someone to take action, you can guide them to ongoing treatment programs that will help them better understand and manage their disease. Being bipolar does not mean leading a life devoid of hope.


One in five adults in the U.S. experience mental illness, but only 41% receive treatment. The stigma and embarrassment about dealing with bipolar disorder can discourage those who suffer from it from seeking help. When loved ones lack the ability to push someone into treatment, it leaves everyone frustrated and fearful of the future. Alta Loma has a staff of highly responsive and caring treatment team members who are skilled and experienced in treating bipolar disorder. We offer initial residential care, aftercare, and a host of life skills and healthy habits to give you the power you need to reboot your life. Located in Georgetown, Texas, our men-only facility offers clear direction and support on how to manage mental illness and any needed medications, all in a beautiful home-like setting. Call (866) 457-3843 now to begin treating your bipolar disorder. Our licensed clinicians will help you get started on living a healthier life today.