Kanye West’s troubled mental state has been on full view in tweetstorms and on the campaign trail.
A series of concerning tweets and public appearances over the years have likely been the result of the 43-year-old rapper’s bipolarism, according to his wife Kim Kardashian, who, along with her family, has been the subject of his ultrapersonal rants and claims.
“As many of you know, Kanye has [bipolar] disorder,” Kardashian once explained about her husband to fans and begged for “compassion and empathy . . . so that we can get through this.”
West’s erratic behavior is part and parcel of the mental health disorder, which, according to the American Psychiatric Association, can bring on “extreme and intense emotional states” and can include “risky behavior” and irritability.
How did the 21-time Grammy winner get here? Here’s a look into the disorder and its effect on West over the years.
What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder — type I, II or more mild cyclothymia — is defined by “dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The 4.4% of Americans with bipolar disorder experience alternating periods of mania and depression that can each last months.
Manic moods, characterized by a euphoric but outsize sense of self-confidence, can lead to erratic behavior — anything from “jumping from one idea to another” or “irritability” to spending sprees or “sexual liaisons,” Dr. Lloyd Sederer, chief medical officer at the New York State Office of Mental Health, recently told The Post.
“Periods of high stress, such as the death of a loved one or other traumatic event,” are a risk factor, according to the Mayo Clinic. Doctors emphasize that many stressors and factors, known and unknown, can lead to a manic episode.
According to a source close to the rapper, West is prone to working as much as 48 hours at a time — and it could be working against him. “Doing many activities at once [and] scheduling more events in a day than can be accomplished” is a sign of manic behavior, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
“False beliefs or false perceptions” can also be a sign of bipolarism, according to Harvard Medical School, as well as an “exaggerated, puffed-up self-esteem,” one mirrored by the artist’s tracks “I Am A God” from the 2013 “Yeezus” album, and grandiose statements such as, “I’m the greatest human artist of all time.”
Whatever form the mania takes, one thing remains true: Every episode raises the patient’s odds of having another. “It’s the kindling theory,” Sederer explained. “There’s been more wood added to the fire, so it’s easier for the fire to be ignited.”
A timeline of West’s mental health history
2009 VMAs Interruption
West has exhibited erratic behavior long before he went public with his diagnosis, such as his interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs. “I’mma let you finish,” West famously said to Swift after she scored the award for Best Video by a Female Artist. “But Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!”
The pop giants’ rivalry continued for over a decade. On Nick Cannon’s podcast in 2020, West claimed that God told him to storm the stage. Delusions of grandeur, like being a prophet or a God, can indicate a manic episode, like in the case of Zack McDermott, who wrote about his experience with bipolar disorder in his memoir.
2016 Tour Cancellation
Kanye also had to cancel the remainder of his “Saint Pablo Tour” dates in November 2016 after a shortened concert left audiences enraged. An “exhausted” West was later hospitalized.
In 2018, the album art for West’s eighth record, “Ye,” included the phrase, “I hate being / Bi-Polar / it’s awesome” over an iPhone picture of the Wyoming mountain range. West also referred to the disorder as “my superpower” on the album.
2019 Press Tour
The follow year, West became more vocal about being bipolar during interviews.
“‘Crazy’ is a word that’s not gonna be used loosely in the future,” West told Forbes in 2019. “Understand that this is actually a condition that people can end up in, be born into, driven into and go in and out. And there’s a lot of people that have been called that ‘C’ word that have ended up on this cover,” he said, referring to the magazine.
In an interview with David Letterman, West detailed his experiences with the disorder, saying that during an episode, everything can feel like “a conspiracy.”
“You feel the government is putting chips in your head,” he told Letterman, adding that he only got his diagnosis two years prior to their 2019 interview. “You feel you’re being recorded. You feel all these things.”
2020 Presidential Campaign
Signs of familial trouble came for the West’s following Kanye’s announcement on July 4 that he’d be running for president, and at a presidential campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Sporting a bulletproof vest and with “2020” shaved into his hair, the rapper gave an emotional and, at times, hysterical speech later in July. “I almost killed my daughter,” yelled West as security guards looked on with concern, describing how he and then-girlfriend Kardashian debated an abortion.
He also brought up eyebrow-raising assertions, including that slavery was “a choice” and that “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves” at his campaign rally.
West, who signed a 10-year contract with Gap for a new line, also threatened to pull out of the deal and sent stock plunging.
In the months closer to the election, West spent a ton of his own money on the campaign — excessive spending can be a tell-tale of bipolar according to the International Bipolar Foundation — and has sued Wisconsin to get on the ballot after missing key filing deadlines in a few states.
2020 Family Troubles
In a few brief but bizarre Twitter rants in July — most of which have been deleted — West claimed his family sent two doctors to his ranch in Cody, Wyoming, to “51/50” him, referring to an involuntary psychiatric hospitalization “of up to 72 hours for assessment, evaluation and crisis intervention,” according to California law.
The “Graduation” hit-maker added that he’s been “trying to get a divorce” since “Kim met Meek at the Waldorf for ‘prison reform,’” referring to a 2018 summit on criminal justice reform the two attended. He also accused the Kardashian-Jenner clan of “white supremacy” and referred to his mother-in-law as “Kris Jong-Un.”
Kardashian took to Instagram that week to explain West’s behavior and ask their fans and foes for understanding.
“As many of you know, Kanye has [bipolar] disorder,” she wrote of her husband’s meltdown. “Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words [sometimes] do not align with his intentions.”
The billionaire and mom of four asked for “compassion and empathy . . . so that we can get through this” in her statement.
Some have speculated that those episodes could have been brought on by the birthday of his late mother, Donda, who would have been 71 on July 12. She died in 2007 while undergoing plastic surgery.
Kardashian alluded in her statement to West’s “painful loss of his mother.”
The stresses of the coronavirus pandemic — which reportedly had the couple “at each other’s throats,” according to Page Six — in early May may also have been a factor, some speculate.
2020 Twitter Meltdowns
Kanye took center stage on Twitter again around the time that his wife and in-laws announced that “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” would end after 20 seasons in September. Plans for a “Christian TikTok,” pics of his hand injured from “too much texting” and reports that Kanye campaign staffers were told to refrain from pre-marital sex all took a backseat to Kanye’s public dispute with Sony and Universal — all of which happened in one week.
The rapper claims that the recording companies — Universal-owned Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam and West’s own GOOD Music labels — have him locked into an unfair contract where they own the master recordings of his tracks. He tweeted pictures of signed legal documents — he claimed they were 10 of his contracts — and demanded, “I need every lawyer in the world to look at these.”
West demanded to speak with fellow artists Drake, Jay Z, J. Cole and businessmen including Arnaud De Puyfontaine, the CEO of the parent company to Universal Music Group, in his frantic feed.
The online tear came to a head when Kanye tweeted out a video that appears to show him urinating on his own Grammy award, which he had placed in a toilet. He wrote, “Trust me … I WONT STOP.” But Twitter stopped him: his account was locked until he removed a tweet with a screencap of Randall Lane’s cell phone number, encouraging his fans to reach out to the Forbes editor.
Treatment for bipolar disorder
The disorder is often treated with behavioral therapy and antipsychotic medications like quetiapine and Symbax. But according to a source close to the Wests, “[Kanye] won’t take medications because he feels they make him less creative.”
“You can benefit from treatment and you can have a big life,” Sederer previously told The Post, but a support system is key.
“If it comes to him being in the middle of a bipolar episode, I’ll do everything to be supportive and help to calm the situation,” his wife told Vogue in 2019.
Fellow superstar Lady Gaga, who opened up about her “mental issues” in an interview with Oprah, said olanzapine, a drug often used to treat bipolar, is a gamechanger. “Medicine really helped me,” the “Born this Way” singer told Winfrey.
The National Institute of Mental Health advises to “avoid stopping medication without talking to your doctor first” because allowing bipolar to go untreated “can be an important factor in suicide, job loss and family discord.”
What Makes a Good Online Casino?
A quick search for an online casino will reveal hundreds of results. However, these casinos are not created equally. Some are better than others in many ways. That’s why you cannot settle for the first option that catches your eye. You need to do thorough research to ensure you settle for a casino that will give you a better experience – and some good money in the process.
So, what makes a good online casino?
The truth is that there are many reputable casinos online – and new ones keep popping up with each passing day. But the few bad ones spoil the name for the others. These casinos scam people. They are eager to make deposits but not keen to give players their money back, pay their affiliates, or even stick to their terms and conditions. These casinos – scam or rogue casinos – are exactly the types you want to avoid.
Unfortunately, most of these rogue casinos disguise as good ones. You might have a hard time telling them apart, especially if you are just getting started. To help you make an informed decision, here are some qualities that make a good online casino.
It does not feature in the blacklist
One of the easiest ways to tell a good casino from the bad ones is by looking at different online casino blacklists. Different reputable platforms always release yearly blacklists to protect casino players from gambling scams online. They put bad casinos on a list for everyone to see and ensure no one signs up to any of those casinos in the future. Since these sites differ, chances are you won’t find the same casinos on every blacklist. But the fact that a casino makes the list means they have one or more of these problems:
- Change terms
- Predatory terms
- Slow pay
- Unfair games
- Marketing spam
- Licensing and regulation
Choice of games
As a player, you’ll appreciate the choice of picking whichever game pleases you. That’s why you need a casino that offers more games. Browse around to find the casino games that the provider offers to see if it’s a good fit.
It’s fair, secure, and serious
As you may have noticed from above, many casinos end up on the blacklist for many reasons, including unfairness and security issues. Good online casinos use random number generator that determines the chances of winning. On top of that, they work with third parties to check the fairness of games. What’s more, these casinos display various certificates on their platforms, giving you further assurance that things are conducted fairly.
Has good customer service
You can tell a good casino by how their customer support team treats you when you send a request or inquire about something. They will be willing and happy to serve you. they will also have adequate knowledge to address your concerns and be available 24/7.
Accept your payment methods
A good casino accepts a wide range of payment options, ranging from online payment options to instant bank transfers and even credit card solutions. This allows you to use your preferred payment method and not feel locked out. Stay away from sites that provide limited payment options. Some of them fail to get approved by payment platforms, which by itself is a red flag.
Has a bonus offer
It’s easy to assume bonus offers and other incentives, especially if you are new to the game. However, you should work with a casino that provides a consistent bonus offer and not just a good welcome offer. You’ll need these bonuses even as an existing client. Moreover, the site should provide promotions without deposit, reload offers, and many free spins. Don’t feel limited. Many casino sites offer these bonuses, and if the one in question doesn’t, you might as well keep looking.
Free games and easy registration
As a newbie, the last thing you want is to sign up with a casino that doesn’t provide free games. You need to practice without having to deposit money or fear that you’ll lose money. Free games allow you to practice and be good before playing real money. Additionally, the casino should have a simple registration and easy account opening process. If it’s too complicated, then maybe it’s not the right casino for you.
How Las Vegas became the world’s casino capital
These days, it’s impossible to think of Las Vegas without the image of the lights on the strip and glamorous casinos coming to mind. But the Vegas we know of 2020 wasn’t always that way; and it took a long, long time to get its reputation for being the world’s casino capital. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and get to the root of how Las Vegas became the city that never sleeps.
A historical journey
It’s hard to believe these days, but the Las Vegas region was once an abundant marshland stock full of rich vegetation. That is, until the marsh receded, and the waters disappeared, transforming the landscape into a desert, with the trapped water underground sprouting life and forming an oasis.
It was during the 19th century that the explorer Antonio Armijo from Mexico foraged the way from New Mexico to California on the first commercial caravan. It was a member of the group, Rafael Rivera who rode west to find water and venture through the desert, setting his eyes upon Las Vegas Springs. Las Vegas was therefore named ‘the meadows’ after the grasses found growing there.
Years went on and both Mormon and Mexican settlers began to filter through. In 1890 it was decided by railroad developers that Las Vegas would serve as a spot along the San Pedro, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles railroad route as well as connecting to major cities along the Pacific Coast. From there on, Vegas boomed with stores, boarding houses and saloons popping up around the area. This was the beginning of the Las Vegas as we know it — with railroad workers and ranchers enjoying the gambling and drinking through illegal speakeasies and bootleg casinos operating despite the ban on gambling in Nevada in 1910.
In 1931 gambling once again became legal in the state, with new casinos and showgirl venues opening up along Fremont Street to entertain the thousands of workers who flocked the city during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The first hotel, El Rancho Vegas, opened up in 1941 along Highway 91. Its success inspired others to open up their own hotels along the highway which would one day become the strip. Tourists began to flock to the city over the next few decades to enjoy the casino scene and see incredible artists like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra perform.
The birth of the mega resort
It was in 1966 the businessman Howard Hughes purchased the Desert Inn hotel; this was followed by over a dozen more hotel purchases, pushing out the mobster-owned hotels that had previously dominated Las Vegas. The concept of the mega hotel came about in 1989 when Steve Wynn opened the Mirage as the first hotel resort in the city. By 1994, Las Vegas was the home of more than 86,000 hotel and motel rooms with 13 of the 20 largest mega resort hotels in the world. It was during this era that the Strip became populated with more hotels and casinos, with developments inspired by the iconic cities and countries of the globe including Egypt, Paris, New York and Rome.
Las Vegas in the 21st century
The Las Vegas of today is well and truly established as a home for entertainment and casinos — which remain the biggest source of income for the city. However, there’s no doubt that Vegas faces more competition than ever before from the virtual world, with more people than ever before opting to play at an online casino, rather than play in the old fashioned way, but Vegas will always have the advantage. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime trip that an online casino can’t replicate, but do the online equivalents help to increase interest in Vegas?
The bright lights of Vegas is attracting billions of dollars in investment as many try and get a slice of the revenue that the sector has to offer. During 2019 over 42.52 million people came to visit Las Vegas from all around the world. Domestically, it was shown to be the second most popular destination for U.S. traveller’s dream spots after New York.
These days, Las Vegas continues to thrive and be a source of entertainment for millions of visitors from around the world looking to experience what the city has to offer. With new generations becoming interested in casino games — and some incredible musical residencies continuing to be announced — Las Vegas surely will continue to be one best places to go for a unforgettable dream destination for many.
What can people find at some of the biggest land-based casinos in Canada? From Niagara Falls to Toronto, there is something for everyone at casinos in Canada, including table games, slots, roulette, blackjack, and other games. There are also many poker and blackjack tournaments held throughout the year and it is easy to find jackpots or slots with free spins at the casinos. Many casinos also have hotels, bars, and numerous restaurants which are perfect for players seeking some comfort. A relaxing casino experience for all ages can be found in many different places in Canada. Choose one from below.
Choosing a casino depends on your tastes and location within Canada. Do you want to experience the grandeur and splendour of nature while placing a bet? Then head to Niagara Falls. Do you want to see a show? Choose a casino with a show that will be perfect for you. If you are looking for pure relaxation, then check out some of the casinos with spas and world-class dining. Entertainment is also a large part of the casino experience in Canada. Musicians, bands, comedians, and other types of entertainment continue to be found at all of the biggest casinos.
Some Big Casinos Near Nature
Casino Niagara is located in one of the most beautiful places in Canada and the world. People from all around the globe come to experience the best of both worlds at Casino Niagara. Players have access to beauty and scenery while spending time at one of the biggest casinos in Canada. The casino has two floors with over 1200 slot machines, poker, and other table games. There are also many different restaurants and even a comedy club. The sports bar and casino was refurbished back in 2017, meaning that it has not lost any of its charm and shine.
ST Eugene Golf Resort: Casino of the Rockies is a golf and nature lovers’ paradise. The location could not be any more splendid. People can find the casino between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Furthermore, the casino has an interesting history after it was converted from an Indian Residential School. It was then opened in the early 2000s. St Eugene has table games, electronic roulette, baccarat, and blackjack. There is also a golf course, restaurant, bar, spa, and hotel that is highly rated in Canada. Overall games are limited so most people come for golfing and betting fun.
Caesars Windsor is famously located on the riverbank in Windsor, Ontario. Visitors from both Canada and the States frequent the casino and hotel. Players can see the Detroit and Michigan skyline from the area. There are two floors of slots, table games, and plenty of poker tables. Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette are also available at the casino. It has beautiful restaurants, a gym, bars, slots, and live sports. Check out the Titan 360™, a 10-foot tall slot machine with 5800 pounds of wins at the click of a button. It’s the largest slot machine in the world and great fun.
- Enjoy the size of Casino de Montreal and Hard Rock Casino
- Enjoy the big and beautiful Casino Niagara or ST Eugene Golf Resort
- Enjoy High Culture at Elements Casino Brantford
River Rock Casino Resort – In Transit
Are you passing through Vancouver Airport and have a long transit? Hire a cab and spend some time enjoying slot machines at River Rock Casino Resort. There are slots galore and the different themes make it an enjoyable visit for all. There is even a Dungeons and Dragons slot for gamers. A fourteen-table game room can be found at the casino and international poker tournaments are held regularly. Other features include a VIP area, spa, live music, 24-hour food and drink, as well as other entertainment. Richmond is also worth a quick visit, especially for some delicious seafood.
Casino de Montreal – The Big Gun
Casino de Montreal is 526,488 square feet of casino excitement. The casino has around 20 thousand visitors each day and is one of the biggest casinos on the globe. If you are still unconvinced about the size of the place, then imagine five floors of slots and table games. 3,000 machines and 111 table games make the casino seem even more mammoth. Casino de Montreal games can be played in a smoke-free environment and many players comment on the user-friendly games and helpful staff. Complimentary drinks and top-rated gourmet food is all part of the experience at Casino de Montreal.
Hard Rock Casino – Another Big One
Hard Rock Casino is another large casino located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The casino is over 80,000 square feet, making it a big one in Canada. Hard Rock has gaming tables, slots, baccarat and a poker room. The casino includes 70 casino tables and 1,000 slots. Private rooms and high roller areas are also available. However, the Hard Rock name is known for excellent food and this is what people love about this casino. Many players comment on the quality of the food here. It even has a 1,000 seat theatre, making it great for dining and a show.
Elements Casino Brantford – Enjoy High Culture
Elements Casino Brantford is a historical gem for culture in Ontario. It is a charity casino that was established last century. It includes the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which is a high society entertainment venue in Ontario. The centre is well known to performing arts enthusiasts in Ontario and Canada. Players come to see a show, enjoy some gourmet food and a game. The casino also has plenty of slots, table games, blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, three card poker, roulette, and other games. There is also a 14-table Texas Hold ‘Em poker room. Enjoy all the excitement.
River Cree Resort and Casino – Sports Lovers
River Cree Resort and Casino is a sport and gaming venue located in Edmonton that should not be overlooked. It has 39 tables of various money limits and over 1,000 slots. There are also a few different places to dine while enjoying a bet and other things to experience. There is a fitness centre, spa and a 200 room resort. However, the most interesting feature of this casino is the two hockey rinks, which are often used by the Edmonton Oilers for practice. It is possible to watch the team practice and go for a meal and some gaming fun.
For the ones who fancy playing online we recomend visiting canadiancasino.org!