Psychiatrist Reflects on Kanye


With years of experience, psychiatrist, Dr. Leeland Jones evaluated Kanye West’s most recent actions from a mental health perspective and urges people to treat the artist with compassion instead of judgement. (Courtesy Photo)


On the Fourth of July, rapper, designer and newly minted politician Kanye West declared that he was running for President of the United States; however since his announcement, many people have been worried about his mental health.  At his first campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, on July 19, the artist, who has been open about his Bipolar disorder, made some controversial statements such as Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people,” and began screaming and crying when talking about the choice he and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, made to not abort their daughter North.  With such bold statements and extreme emotions, which was followed by personal, nonsensical tweets a little over a day later,  many felt West was having a manic episode.

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