As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Halsey took part in YouTube’s Artist Spotlight Stories, opening up about her own personal struggles to psychologist Dr. Snehi Kapur.

 

Explaining the concept of her most recent album, Manic to Dr. Kapur, Halsey shares, “In the process of making this album, i had to make peace with this manic version of myself.  I wrote it as a kind of study of all these different emotions and perspectives that I was having through the process of making the record.  But what was really important to me was making sure that it was also educational.”  Halsey continues, “I think that our culture, in a way, has an obsession and a distaste for the ‘crazy woman.’  We love her but we also weaponise that word against her.”

 

 

 

Halsey was diagnosed with bipolar disorder back in high school and in her senior year, spent several weeks in a psychiatric hospital.  Being in the spotlight, Halsey has used her platform to spread awareness on bipolar disorder and has been very vocal about her struggles, “A lot of people say, ‘You don’t seem like you have bipolar disorder.’  They see a young woman who’s achieving all of these goals.”  Dr. Kapur explains bipolar disorder as, “A mood disorder where people have typically two phases – the low phase and the manic phase.”

 

Before she got into music, Halsey was in ‘a very different person because she didn’t have all the resources she has now.’  Following the release of Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, her second studio album (2017), Halsey says she could ‘feel elements of her adolescent struggles bubbling up,’ so she began therapy.

 

 

Lastly, Halsey offers a personal mantra, “Achieving mental health doesn’t happen. Mental health isn’t a destination. You never arrive at mental healthy and go, ‘OK, I’m glad I got here,'” she shares.

 

 

 

 

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