Kim Kardashian At Risk For 'Caregiver Burnout,' Chicago Psychiatrist Says

Steve Miller
July 23, 2020 - 6:33 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Beyond the tabloid fodder, there’s something to learn from Kim Kardashian’s comments about her husband Kanye West’s bipolar diagnosis. So says a Northwestern Medicine psychiatrist.

Kardashian has written about her husband and his “complicated and painful” journey with bipolar disorder.

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Dr. Danesh Alam, medical director of behavioral health at Northwestern Medicine-Central DuPage Hospital, is not West’s physician. But he said bipolar disorder can lead to what he calls “caregiver burnout.”

“What’s interesting about bipolar disorder is the family experiences the illness and the symptoms much more than the individual,” he said Thursday.

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Alam said the family can go through the periods of not sleeping and being on the go, along with the person who has the condition.

About 3 percent of the population suffers from bipolar disorder.

It’s a chronic and lifelong condition, but Alam said patients, using proper medicine, can live with stability.

West, a Chicago native and music superstar, has said he's running for president in 2020. He has made bizarre and controversial remarks at recent appearances, including a slight against Harriet Tubman. Kardashian has asked for the public's understanding, given his medical condition.