Creed’s Scott Stapp Announces He’s Bipolar

Scott Stapp of the band Creed recently revealed to People Magazine that he’s one of the 5.7 million Americans suffering from bipolar disorder. Like many others with the disorder, Stapp went through profound negative effects, including a period of financial difficulty that forced him to sleep in his truck and live in a Holiday Inn. He also had irrational fears about his family members being involved with ISIS, and at one time believed he was in the CIA.

A Shattered Life

Stapp says his rough ride last year was caused by a combination of mental illness and substance abuse before he was finally diagnosed. He’s not alone into falling into the trap of drug and alcohol abuse; DualDiagnosis.org says that 56 percent of those who suffer from bipolar disorder also have drinking or dug abuse problems at some point in their lives. Things got so bad for Stapp that he posted a rambling video on Facebook in November of 2014, claiming the IRS frozen his bank accounts and people were stealing his money.

Stapp revealed the depths of his delusions to People, stating, “I had a psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse. I was hallucinating. I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car. In my delusional thinking, I thought my family was involved in ISIS, and that millions of dollars had been taken from me to support terrorism. All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind.”

Restored by Proper Treatment

Fortunately, the Grammy winning musician made it to a dual diagnosis treatment center where he learned that he has bipolar disorder and entered into treatment for the mental disorder and his addiction problems. Stapp had some initial problems with the diagnosis, explaining, “It was hard to process. There’s a stigma associated with it.” However, with the support of his wife, he turned his energy toward recovery. Now he’s in a 12-step program, goes to therapy, and takes medication to control the bipolar.

It’s possible to suffer for bipolar disorder for many years without realizing it, as Stapp’s situation shows. A proper diagnosis is critical, because treatment makes a world of difference. Learn more about this disorder via these resources.