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Creed's Scott Stapp diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Singer Scott Stapp of Creed performs solo in

Singer Scott Stapp of Creed performs solo in concert at Soundstage in Baltimore on April 6, 2014. Credit: AP / Owen Sweeney

Creed lead singer Scott Stapp, who posted a since-removed Facebook video in November saying he was destitute, homeless and sick, announced that he has since been treated for bipolar disorder.

"I had a psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse," Stapp, 41, tells People magazine in the issue being published Friday. "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," he said, adding, "All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind."

He entered a program in which he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which causes severe and unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. There is no cure, and sufferers need long-term treatment to control symptoms.

"It was hard to process," Stapp said. "There's a stigma associated with it. But [my wife] Jaclyn kept telling me, 'Embrace it. We love you.' It became a big sign of relief, because finally, we had an answer."


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