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9 Black Celebrities You May Not Know Suffer From Mental Illness

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Chris Brown

Earlier this year,  R&B star Chris Brown was diagnosed bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, E! News reported.

On February 28, 2014, E! News obtained the singer’s probation officer’s report that included a letter from a residential treatment facility attributing Brown’s aggression and legal troubles to mental health issues. The statement below reads:

“Mr. Brown will… require close supervision by his treating physician in order to ensure his bipolar mental health condition remains stable,” the letter states. “It is not uncommon for patients with post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II to use substances to self-medicate their biochemical mood swings and trauma triggers. … Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD.”

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Lark Voorhies

In 2012, former Saved By The Bell star Lark Voorhies’ mother announced that her daughter is “mentally ill.”

During an interview with People magazine, Voorhies’ mother, Tricia, said that her daughter was battling bipolar disorder, which causes severe mood swings between mania and depression. “There are things that have traumatized her, Tricia said. “I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life.”

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13 thoughts on “9 Black Celebrities You May Not Know Suffer From Mental Illness

  1. Lew Esteban says:

    what happened to lil wayne? i thought he was number 1

  2. Joe Black says:

    This is all bullshit. YT DSM IV does not address the African mind

  3. Way Shower says:

    When you realize your spiritual abilities are awakening in you…you'll stop allowing others to label you as "crazy' or "mentally ill".

  4. they diagnose all people dealing with drug problems with bi polar disorder, i know they did my sister like that, and all she was wrong with her was she was on crack!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Charles Rich Jr. says:

    You're so very wrong. It's partially this which keeps people of color from being treated for mental illness. Mental illness is not a weakness of the spirit or dormant "spiritual abilities." They're imbalances of the body that can be treated to get the suffering individual back to a life of near normalcy. Please educate yourself and stop blaming the ill for lacking "spirituality."

  6. Way Shower says:

    Charles Rich Jr. That's your opinion…be mindful when you call people "wrong"…you hinder their ability to express. I'm speaking from experience. You cannot see my truth because you obviously have not met me or experienced my life. Just because we see the sky as two different colors doesn't mean I'm wrong….or that youre right. Just share your view…without damning others. By the way …any(real not licensed but REAL) shaman would agree with me. As I see your level of view is very physical (I been there)…to call mental illness a "body imbalance"…and what would you treat them with physical medication…so that they can MANAGE at as you say "NEAR normalcy" in their physical body?…whatever NEAR NORMALCY means…sounds like anxiety…. let us stop coping out to worldly medications and actually be healed in thy (healthy) spirit…healthy isn't managing mental illness…healthy is being healed of ill will and dis-ease in mind body spirit and soul… I'm only speaking from experience though…and my experience is my truth…in the positive.

  7. Way Shower says:

    Now the black peoples is talking about mental illness….and everybody is bi-polar huh…

  8. Way Shower says:

    The fact that we have to “force” ourselves to go to one extreme to get away from another(usually positive to get away from negative) is a reality of BEing human. However because humans must always put a word to a BEing or feeling or emotion….going from one emotional extreme to another is considered “Bi-polar”. Which is also considered a problem of the psyche(mind). I can agree going from one pole to another can be called BI-polar. However I have to touch the so-called “mind disorder” part.

    Human concepts of nature’s (perceived) dualities are female/male, life/death, healthy/sick, body/spirit, light/dark, white/black, energy/mass, above/below, in/out, love/hate, good/evil, hot/cold.

    Are such mentioned above not absolute, or at least extreme opposites?

    Often we hear some people say they’re “good” and that’s it. Ask them what makes them good and they’ll point out evil beings. Or tell so-called “evil” people that they’re evil and they’ll tell you they’re the best thing that happened since sliced bread…because everyone else is being “fake”.

    Why do we have to pretend to be happy when we’re feeling depressed (which is supposedly a range of feelings outside of happiness)?

    Why can’t we figure out what is depressing us and work our way back to happiness, or at least, balanced contentment?

    Life demands (work, family, relationships, friends) donot give us a chance to dwell on our individual dis-eases and wellnesses. So instead of addressing why we might be angry or sad about something…we “suck it up” and put on a surface smile…sometimes a whole act.

    And we do put on a “good” act for so long amount of time…until we either breakdown or secretly indulge in vices, or even go deeper into depressive states. I’d say the more we pretend, the deeper or more severe our depression.

    All humans are bi-polar. All humans go from one extreme BEing to the opposite BEing. Very few give themselves the opportunity to examine their internal feelings and emotions. So really are they BEing true on the surface?

    Humans fear the very beings they judge…and they judge what they fear. They’re afraid someone/s will look upon them as “crazy” if they should express any feeling or emotion other than extremely happy.

    To pretend to be one way as a dual being can cause mind disorders of soughts….and possibly manifest into unhealthy unbalanced states of beings.

    Whereas, in a bi-polar person when you feel good(positive) you acknowledge your feelings and dwell in being and doing things in a state of a highly active and sunny disposition. And when you feel bad(negative) you acknowledge your feelings and dwell in being and doing things in a depressed slowed state.

    And because the “average” person is actually unbalanced and/or pretentious, seeing someone smile (which does not reflect the unbalanced persons current state) brings the unbalanced person to ask a question, “What’s wrong with you, why are you smiling?” Then seeing that same person another time in an angry state, the unbalanced person immediately says, “He/she crazy! He/she must be bi-polar! They was just happy the other day!” (As if its a bad thing).

    Does going out on a shopping spree with a smile on your face mean you’re bipolar? Or happily shopping? Or do you just like shopping? Are rich people bipolar for buying expensive things?

    Does laying in your bed crying mean you’re bipolar? Or crying through your feelings while laying in your bed? Does sitting in a park and crying make you less or more bipolar? Or would it make others uncomfortable to see you crying?

    Does having sex with different people mean you’re bipolar? Or does it mean you may be freely living? Or promiscuous? Or single so you can do what you want? Or just nasty?

    Does yelling and cursing mean you’re bipolar? Or that you’re angry? Are you feeling misunderstood? Having difficulty expressing in higher way?

    Does being very happy yesterday then very sad today mean you’re bipolar? Or could situations, circumstances, conditions have changed for you in that amount of time? Or Could you be ok with expressing your feelings and be done with them and move on?

    I can go into weather, Earth, universe…and point out various aspects of polarity systems. But I’ll stop here for now…and keep it the mind. For now.

  9. Charles Rich Jr. says:

    My "opinion" is science. A route that is tested over and again and is accountable to a larger network of review You consult "shamans." And i don't hinder your ability to express. I don't control the internet.
    When spirit studies becomes measurable and can stand up to review, then maybe I'll place weight in them. Until then…

  10. Teresa Jung says:

    So happy people are coming forward with their own truth to help others with the same issues

  11. what people call Bipolar is not more than the Spirit of Lust that has taken over the body

  12. Psychiatry is not science it is theory. There is not one measurable finding of "Chemicals" in the brain being off. When is the last time a Psychiatrist sent bloodwork off? they don't.

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