Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is opening up about how her family deals with her husband’s bipolar disorder.
In an interview with Vogue, Kardashian admitted that Kanye West’s battle with bipolar disorder can be emotional for her.
In one of West’s songs, the rapper compares being bipolar to having a superpower. As E! News reports, the lyrics read:
“That’s my bipolar sh*t, n—a what / That’s my superpower, n—a ain’t no disability / I’m a superhero! I’m a superhero!”
However, when asked how her husband of five years is currently dealing with the disorder, Kardashian told Vogue that she believes they are in a good place.
“I think we’re in a pretty good place with it now. It is an emotional process, for sure. Right now everything is really calm. But we can definitely feel episodes coming, and we know how to handle them.”
The soon-to-be mom of four continued:
“For him, being on medication is not really an option, because it just changes who he is. Traveling a lot does set it off, so he doesn’t travel as much as he used to. But honestly, I never want to speak for him, because I am not in his mind.”
According to Mayo Clinic, bipolar disorder, sometimes called manic depression, is a “mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs and lows.”
There are several types of bipolar disorders, each resulting in their own symptoms.
Bipolar disorder is very common in the US with more than 100,000 people being diagnosed each year.
Kardashian told Vogue that the hardest part for her has been the strangers who have slammed her for her husband’s actions.
She added that she’s always there for Kanye when he needs her most:
“I think some of the hurtful things that I read online, ‘What is she doing? She’s not stopping him?’ Like it’s my fault if he does or says something that they don’t agree with? That’s my husband. I share every opinion that I have and let him know when I think something’s wrong.
Or if it comes to him being in the middle of a bipolar episode, I’ll do everything to be supportive and help to calm the situation.”
As the Mayo Clinic reports, it’s encouraged that if you have any symptoms of “depression or mania, to see your doctor or mental health professional” as soon as possible.