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Former Creed Frontman Admits To Being Bipolar Due To Drug Abuse

By | May 17, 2015 08:21 PM EDT
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Creed / Scott Stapp

Creed's former frontman, Scott Stapp, who was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.(Photo : Reuters)

Creed lead singer Scott Stapp revealed to the People magazine that he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to drug use and that he is now undergoing therapy.

The former Creed frontman said that he had been hallucinating because of drug abuse. Scott Stapp recalled how he drove around the country for a month following an angel who was sitting on the hood of his car.

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"I had a psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse," he said.

Scott Stapp, was the frontman of Creed, one of the biggest rock bands in the late 90s best known for songs such as "With Arms Wide Open" and "Higher."

In November, Scott Stapp released a cryptic video on Facebook in November that shows him saying he was under "some kind of vicious attack."  The Creed singer said that his money in his bank accounts had been stolen or frozen by the IRS.

Scott Stapp also said that he did not have enough money and had not eaten in two days. During his drug abuse phase, he added that he had been sleeping in his truck for weeks. 

In Scott Stapp's public meltdown that went on for months, the Creed rocker continued to say that the CIA was watching him. His series of bizarre behaviour aslo included placing calls to the White House. 

It is just now, in his recent exclusive interview for People magazine and ABC News, that Scott Stapp admitted that he had suffered from manic psychosis due to prescription drugs. 

"I was so out of my mind, delusional, turned on everyone that I loved, made wild and crazy accusations," the Creed rocker told ABC News.

Scott Stapp, who said he first began to "feel different" in 1998, said that during his music career, he frequently abused alcohol and hard drugs in an attempt to self-medicate an undiagnosed bipolar disorder.

It was in 1998 that Scott Stapp had four No. 1 singles then all of a sudden, "a debilitating, physical depression" came over him. He admitted that substance abuse and depression led to a much-publicized suicide attempt in 2006 including Creed's disbandment.

Bipolar disorder, used to be known as "manic depression," is a mental disorder characterized by mood swings. A person suffering from bipolar disorder alternately experiences highs called "mania" and lows or "depression."

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