Kanye West on being hospitalised with bipolar disorder: 'They handcuff you, they drug you, and they separate you from everyone you know'

Cape Town – Kanye West is speaking openly about his mental health journey since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder two years ago.

During a very candid interview on David Letterman's Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Kanye addresses his personal experiences, as well as what he hopes he can change by speaking honestly about the disorder.

According to E! News, the Gold Digger hitmaker reveals he is doing a lot of research on the disorder to better understand it.

"There's no dumb easy way to explain, it's just something that you know we're going to have to take time to understand… I'm starting to research these things because the experience of when you go through an episode, if you actually go to the hospital, there's a moment that I have to talk about publicly that has to be changed."

Kanye goes on to describe how he feels when he has an episode, saying: "When you're in this state, you're hyper-paranoid about everything. Everyone. This is my experience. Some people have other experiences.

Kanye then reveals the one thing he wants to change about how people are treated when they go to hospital.

"You pretty much don't trust anyone, and they have this moment where they put you, they handcuff you, they drug you, they put you on the bed, and they separate you from everyone you know."

The 41-year-old adds that he was happy to go through that experience so that he can advocate to "change that moment".

Kanye was hospitalised in November 2016 due to what was described as a "medical emergency" at the time. TMZ later reported the rapper was undergoing psychiatric tests after being examined for exhaustion.

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