Jeff Garlin has first revealed that he lives with bipolar disorder.
The 60-year-old actor and comedian opened up on Instagram on Tuesday about the mental health problems. “Bipolar is a motherf-er. Sometimes it’s just too much to handle,” he wrote. “I’m doing my best. This is the first time I’ve been candid about this.”
Bipolar disorder is a manic-depressive illness of the brain that causes extreme changes in mood and energy levels, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
There are four basic types of the disorder, characterized by periods of elation and hyperactivity, known as manic episodes, which are then followed by depressive stages in which the patient experiences feelings of sadness and depression.
Patients will often experience intense emotions, as well as disruption of sleep patterns and their ability to think clearly. These periods can last for extended periods of time – days or even weeks – with no clear way of predicting when one period will end and another will begin. As a result, patients may experience difficulties at work, at school, or in maintaining their relationships.
It is estimated that nearly 6 million Americans have some form of the condition, including celebrities like Kanye West, Bebe Rexha, and Mariah Carey, who have previously opened up about their experiences.
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Garlin’s Post on Bipolar Disorder Came Hours Before the Season 10 Premiere of The Goldbergswhich he was banned from after leaving the show last December over allegations of inappropriate behavior on set.
The actor possessed ‘stupid’ behavior in a conversation with Vanity Fair that same month.
“There has been an HR investigation on me for the past three years. HR has come to me three years in a row for my behavior on set,” he said at the time. “It’s always the same. It’s about me and my follies on set. They don’t think it’s appropriate. I do. That’s where we are. I wasn’t fired for it. We just think differently.”
Garlin also insisted he never meant to hurt his colleagues, saying, “I’m sorry, I’m really sorry that I hurt anyone’s feelings or made anyone feel extremely uncomfortable.”