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Was Prince Bipolar?

I am willing to bet that once the information surrounding Prince’s death is revealed, it will be said that he had an addiction to prescriptive drugs, which I believed may have started by treating his epilepsy that he suffered from as a child.

I take a mood stabilizer, Lamictal, which is often used to treat hypo mania as well as seizures. I do not suffer from epilepsy but I am Bipolar II. That drug has worked wonders for me for years, and for some reason or another, I have this feeling that his death was somehow related to an addiction to prescriptive drugs as a result of possibly enduring a mental disease. Maybe drugs related to his epilepsy which, like I said, also treats mental illnesses. I am not saying that I believe 100% that he had a mood disorder but… somethings not right.

The following was reported by ABC News:

The paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession and at his home.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration about the possibility of assisting in the investigation if the pharmaceuticals are found to be related to the singer’s death.

And for those of you that are not familiar with Prince, he is described on Wikipedia (among a vast number of other publications) as the following:

Prince Rogers Nelson, known as Prince, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was a musical innovator and known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists – “the most influential artists of the rock & roll era”.

I also believe that mental illness for some individuals can bring out talent beyond normal artists. Prince definitely would be considered an artist that took his genius and creativity to a whole other level.

Well, we’ll see how the story unfolds…

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Was Prince Bipolar?


Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.


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Loberg, E. (2016). Was Prince Bipolar?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 22, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2016/04/29/was-prince-bipolar/

 

Last updated: 29 Apr 2016
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