Scott Stapp Reveals He Was Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder

In an interview published this week, Scott Stapp says he has bipolar disorder, calling the diagnosis “a big sign of relief.” The news comes months after he made headlines for worrisome behavior and claims he was making in videos posted online.

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“I mean, bottom line. I was out of my mind at that point in time. I was in the middle of what they call a drug-induced manic psychosis. I had a psychotic break,” the Creed frontman tells People. The magazine notes that he had been abusing prescription drugs and alcohol, as well as using marijuana.

Stapp posted a video on his Facebook page in November saying he was under “some kind of vicious attack” and that “a lot of money was stolen” from him. TMZ obtained a recording of a 911 phone call his wife, Jaclyn, made in which she said Stapp thought he was a CIA agent that was supposed to assassinate President Obama.

After his wife kicked him out of the house and his initial stay in a rehab facility was cut short after a few days, Stapp checked into intensive program in a dual diagnostic facility, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, according to People.

The condition is described by the National Institute of Mental Health as “a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.” The good news is that NIMH says the “disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.”

The musician is now taking medication for bipolar disorder and working through a 12-step program with a sponsor.

Stapp tells People it was initially “hard to process” the diagnosis.

“There’s a stigma associated with it,” he said. “But Jaclyn kept telling me, ‘Embrace it. We love you.’ It became a big sign of relief, because finally, we had an answer.”