Stranger Things star David Harbour reveals he has bipolar disorder and describes acting as ‘a lifeline’ for his mental wellbeing
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Stranger Things star David Harbour revealed he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his 20s, as he admitted that acting helped him deal with it.
Speaking candidly about his mental health on the Blank Podcast on Friday, the actor, 44, described his work as being ‘a lifeline.’
David explained: ‘First of all the interesting thing about my own particular brand of it is that I never have an episode when I working.
Candid: Stranger Things star David Harbour revealed on Saturday that he has bipolar disorder and described acting as ‘a lifeline’ for his mental wellbeing
‘So, in some way I’ve generally been able to see a link between my own creative energies when they are channelled into some kind of work form and that when they are not channelled that it goes off into some kind of madness.’
‘In that way, it has made working even more vital to me, it’s kind of a lifeline.’
While he feels that medications are ‘all good’, David went on: ‘There are also these intangibles, things that actually keep us alive, to me talk therapy is really important and acting.
‘It’s important for me to be an artist, and I think if I wasn’t an artist I’d be a lot worse off and has made work more vital.’
Honest: David was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his 20s, and he admitted that acting helps him as he said ‘talk therapy is really important and acting’
His candid discussion comes after he recently called the Duffer Brothers in the middle of an interview to demand answers about his character Jim Hopper’s ‘death’ in season four.
Speaking on Late Night with Seth Myers, the actor said: ‘Well, here’s the thing. I always knew that Hopper had to make a sacrifice.
‘Like, he’s a jerk, and he also needs to pay for that in some way… so I thought he’d make the sacrifice.’
The star then began to worry about his future on the show, telling the host ‘I haven’t gotten many phone calls’, before making the decision to call Matt and Ross Duffer live on air.
Determined to get some answers about his fate, he asked: “Am I dead? Is Hopper dead?’
To which the TV producer Ross responded: ‘I mean, we’re still figuring it out, David.
But this answer didn’t exactly sit well with David, who shot back saying: ‘You guys are a ton of help, really wonderful work. Good luck with season four.’
The Netflix show has recently been renewed for season four. For help and support please call mental health charity Mind on 0300 123 3393 or text 86463.
What happened: His candid discussion comes after he called the Duffer Brothers in the middle of an interview to demand answers about his character Jim Hopper’s ‘death’ in season four