Being someone who battles with Bipolar Disorder, it’s wonderful to see more and more Hollywood stars and people of importance coming forward to share their stories. Nobody wants to talk about it, but it’s a real illness that deserves attention. That’s why I’m so happy lead singer of one of my favorite bands ‘Creed’ Scott Stapp is coming forward to share what he calls “The roller coaster ride of his life.”
“I was out of my mind!” says Stapp after receiving a bipolar diagnosis which landed him in the psych ward after losing his kids.
Stapp says he’s lucky to be alive, and thanks his wife for saving him in a candid interview with People Magazine. You can read the article here. After his meltdown last year that saw him placed on a psychiatric hold and losing custody of his kids and his wife filing for divorce, and how Christmas photos forced him to get help.
The year earlier, Stapp had a psychotic break brought on by years of self-medicating with alcohol and drug abuse. He drove around the U.S. for months chasing an angel on the hood of his car. Threatened to kill Obama. Threatened that ISIS was going to bomb his children’s school, and basically did a video where he said he was homeless and the CSI was after him and everyone was out to get him.
This is the mania of Bipolar Disorder. It’s nasty and instead of being labeled nuts or having nobody listen. Stapp’s wife never gave up. Now the star is on the mend, working with a sponsor in a 12-step program, and realizes intensive therapy he has a long road to recovery, but has answers to many questions in his life.
“It was hard to process,” he said. “There’s a stigma associated with mental illness. But … it became a big sign of relief, because finally, we had an answer.”
I can relate to this, but I’m happy Scott has decided to open up about it. I remember when I was first diagnosed how difficult it was to accept it. On one hand, you are fighting against the stigma society puts on people with mental illness, but on the other you are thrilled to have answers as what is wrong with you.
My youngest child who is only 9 has Bipolar Disorder. So it thrills me that someone like Scott would share his dealings with this mental illness. Creed is one of my son’s favorite groups. Now my son can see that although it’s not easy, you can talk about it, share it and move forward.
“Don’t give up – keep fighting,” says Scott’s wife. “Keep the faith.”
That’s what you have to do. So know you aren’t alone if you or someone you love is suffering from Bipolar Disorder. Keep strong and know that there are helpful treatments to battle this illness.
Thumbs up Scott! We are happy you are on the road to success! And no longer Broken.