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SNL star Pete Davidson gets candid about mental health problems

“Saturday Night Live” star, actor and comedian Pete Davidson revealed in the Marc Maron podcast recently that he is suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD). He spoke at length about his mental condition, and how the diagnosis was done after he checked into a rehab last year. He said that he is coping with the “worst year” of his life.

Initially, Davidson thought that his extreme mood swings, which turned into a “blind rage,” were due to his marijuana use. He had a mental breakdown after being discharged from the rehab and he started reusing the drug. At first, doctors gave him additional medication at the rehab for bipolar disorder.

The diagnosis came much later, said Davidson. He added, “I found out I have BPD, which is borderline personality disorder. One of my psychiatrists (diagnosed me). He was always saying before this big meltdown, ‘You’re probably bipolar or borderline, we’re just going to have to figure it out.”’

Therapies making a positive impact on Davidson

Earlier, Davidson used to be depressed most of the time, but things have changed after he started with the therapies for his conditions. The regular therapy sessions have brought a lot of improvement in him. The intervention is working slowly, he said. He admitted that after the diagnosis, he is trying to figure out how to live with this.

He joined “Saturday Night Live” as a featured player in 2014, and was elevated to the main cast the last season. In March, this year, he shared with his fans via Instagram about his sobriety that came after eight years. His performance also included stand-ups revolving around his stints in rehab. He partly attributed his mental issues to the death of his father who was killed in the September 2001 terror attack. His father’s death left him devastated. “One day he was here and the next day he was gone.”

BPD is a debilitating mental disorder

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a debilitating mental disorder characterized by a pattern of ongoing instability in moods, behavior, self-image and functioning. All these symptoms provoke an individual to indulge in impulsivity and instability in relationships. A person suffering from BPD may undergo intense episodes of anger, bouts of depression and anxiety lasting from a few hours to several days.

Signs that may predict BPD

Some of the most obvious symptoms of BPD include:

  • having a distorted or dysfunctional self-image, often unstable
  • low sense of empathy for others
  • listlessness, as in a feeling of boredom, emptiness and isolation
  • string of unstable relationships, often marked by drastic upheavals like experiencing intense love or intense hatred
  • feelings of hostility
  • fickle career goals or plans and haywire aspirations
  • impulsive and reckless behaviors like having unsafe sex, reckless driving, drug or alcohol abuse, etc.
  • overwhelming feelings of worry, depression and anxiety
  • Dealing with BPD

    It is never easy living with BPD, as life can be quite challenging for a patient suffering from it. Current researches show that treatment can significantly improve symptoms and alleviate the sufferings. Therapies are a great way to address this problem. Apart from various forms of therapies available for BPD, doctors also prescribe medication to deal with the conditions.

    Recovery roadmap for mental illnesses

    Every mental condition needs immediate medical attention to heal, and for people to recover promptly, one has to seek treatment without any delay. If you have a loved one suffering from any mental disorder, reach out for help at the earliest.

    Sovereign Health is a leading behavioral health treatment caregiver in the U.S., offering comprehensive treatment for all major mental conditions. If you want to know more about our alumni and recovery management programs, call at our 24/7 helpline 866-501-9425 or chat online with our experts for further assistance.

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