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Azealia Banks opens up about mental illness & side-effects of psych drugs

Mental health amongst women in the music industry isn’t new but the recent uptick of rappers and singers making their mental health struggles public is alarming. Nitty Scott MC, Kehlani, and SZA all have taken to social media to express their points of view in the past few months, and Azealia Banks is the most recent to share her story. In a heartfelt Facebook post she writes, "They joke and prod at you and say you need a doctor yet have no idea about the type of uncontrollable chaos that goes on inside your head. On top of arrogantly suggesting you need to be medicated, these people Have no idea how gnarly psych-drugs are." It seems that the nonstop criticism of her past antics have weighed heavy on her psyche, and combining that with preexisting conditions has made for a low moment for her from which we’re earnestly hoping she ascends from. We’re wishing her all the best in her road to recovery.


By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor



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Comment by Dangerous Lee on January 7, 2017 at 10:57pm

Whatever. She has been acting a damn fool and people were calling her out on her shit. Glad she's seen the light. Hope she gets it under control permanently.

Comment by Lightning Pill on January 6, 2017 at 12:27pm

How can people not joke and prod the way she jokes and prods at everyone else? I hope she one day recovers and finds peace, but after an apparent litany of problems on the internet with everyone, I don't feel as sorry as she wants us to feel. The worst part about mental illness (and I know this does not apply to all of them, I know) is that those who are unable to both control and acknowledge it are ones who always want to be the victim. When a decent person wants to help, they are the ones who get burned. After a while of being a martyr, it gets harder to care. We can try, but it's no longer the same because now someone out there must feel how she felt, and for what?

I'm glad she is coming to grips with her inner problems, but the only way she will convince me that she has this under control is what we will see directly after this.

Comment by Chuckdeezul on January 4, 2017 at 4:15pm

Hope she recovers. Mental illness IS NO JOKE


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