On Tuesday night, Scott Mescudi — better known by his stage name Kid Cudi — took to Facebook to make a moving statement about his struggles with depression and anxiety, and how they led him to make a tough decision: He has checked into a rehab facility.
Cudi admitted that he felt ashamed in the post, but that he has finally realized how important it is to make this decision for "myself, my family, my best friend/daughter and all of you, my fans."
"Yesterday [Oct. 3] I checked myself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges," Cudi wrote. "I am not at peace. I haven't been since you've known me. If I didn't come here, I would've done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life. Theres a ragin [sic] violent storm inside of my heart at all times. Idk what peace feels like. Idk how to relax."
He continued by explaining that his anxiety and depression "have ruled [his] life for as long as [he] can remember and [he] never leave[s] the house because of it." He is also unable to make new friends because of it, and admits that he has trouble trusting people. But Cudi has reached the point where he's tired of being held back, and is committed to seeking help.
He ended his message with, "Ill [sic] be back, stronger, better. Reborn. I feel like shit, I feel so ashamed. Im sorry."
Cudi's honesty is inspirational, and has not only served to heighten public awareness of depression (and the shame that so many feel because of it), but also inspired others by telling them it's OK to admit they need help.
Fans have reacted in an overwhelmingly positive way to the post, thanking the rapper for his willingness to discuss his struggles. "God bless you for opening up about [depression] and [I hope] you get all the help you need and have no shame," Christopher Mekel Jacques commented. "Proudly see that therapist, take your pills, and turn off social-media whenever you have to; you don't need to answer to anybody."
Trevor Cee echoed these sentiments, writing, "While not only getting yourself through these things, you expressed it in music and helped all your fans to get through similar stuff. Respect man. Never be ashamed of who you are."
While Jesse Toma Alkhouri also thanked Cudi and commented on how relatable his struggle was. He wrote, "This is why Kid Cudi is my favorite rapper of all time. Not only is his music so good, but I feel like I relate to him on so many levels. I too suffer from severe anxiety and severe depression, and I too have suicidal tendencies. I got nothing but mad love for you man, and I wish I could somehow show you that there are people out there like me who are willing to help you remember that you're not alone in this journey and that life is not as bad as it seems..."
Our hearts go out to Cudi, and we hope that this time away will help him through his depression and anxiety, but we also applaud him for his bravery in openly addressing his struggles, and thus helping to eliminate the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
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