"Anyone who has this, or a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand."

Claire Harmeyer
Jul 22, 2020 @ 12:44 pm

Kim Kardashian West just made her first public statement about Kanye West's mental health. Since announcing his presidential bid on the 4th of July, West's behavior has sparked speculation that the rapper, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2018, is experiencing a manic episode. Mania is a serious issue for those diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and, now, Kardashian is asking the media and public to respect her family's privacy and to not make light of mental illness.

On July 22nd, Kardashian posted three slides to her Instagram Stories, describing how complicated bipolar disorder is.

"Anyone who has this or a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand," she wrote.

Kardashian continued by explaining that she has not spoken out on West's mental illness before out of respect of his privacy and their children. But with the current media speculation and stigma surrounding bipolar disorder, the star says she felt she needed to discuss it now.

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Kardashian then acknowledged that criticism comes along with being a public figure, but noted that people who are close with Kanye "know his heart and understand his words sometimes do not align with his intentions." Kardashian then discussed her husband's "big dreams," seemingly referencing his presidential campaign.

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In the last slide of her Instagram stories, Kardashian made a poignant statement about giving grace to those who are living with mental illnesses.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star concluded by asking the media and public to "give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this."

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Like all mental illnesses, bipolar disorder is extremely complex, and those who have not been impacted by it do not fully understand the individual or their family members' experiences. As Kardashian said, compassion and empathy are needed always, but especially when thinking about mental health.