‘I’m Trying My Best’

‘I’m Trying My Best’

Jeff Garlin

Jeff Garlin

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Jeff Garlin revealed for the first time that he has bipolar disorder.

The 60-year-old actor and comedian opened up about his mental health struggles on Instagram on Tuesday. “Bipolar is a motherf-er. Sometimes it’s just too much to deal with,” he wrote. “I’m doing my best. This is the first time I’ve opened up about this.”

Bipolar disorder is a manic-depressive illness of the brain that causes extreme changes in mood and energy levels, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

There are four basic types of the disorder, characterized by periods of elation and hyperactivity known as manic episodes, which are followed by depressive phases when the patient feels feelings of sadness and depression.

Patients will often experience intense emotions as well as disruptions to sleep patterns and their ability to think clearly. These periods can last for an extended period — days or even weeks — with no clear way of predicting when one period will end and another begin. This can cause patients to have difficulties at work, school or maintaining their relationships.

It is estimated that nearly 6 million Americans have some form of the disorder, including celebrities such as Kanye West, Bebe Rexha, and Mariah Carey, who have opened up about their past experiences.

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Garlin’s message about bipolar disorder sometimes came to the fore in the season 10 premiere The Golden Hillswho was axed after leaving the show last December amid allegations of inappropriate behavior on set.

The actor was up with “silly” behavior in a conversation with him Vanity Fair that same month.

“I’ve been investigated by HR for the past three years. I’ve been approached by HR three years in a row about my behavior on the set,” he said at the time. “It’s always the same thing. It’s about me and my stupidity on the set. They don’t think it’s appropriate. I do it. That’s where we are. I wasn’t fired for it. We think that different.”

Garlin also insisted that he didn’t mean to harm his teammates, saying, “I’m sorry, I’m truly sorry, that he hurt anyone’s feelings, or made anyone feel uncomfortable.”

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