"It’s a constant thing—I’m on suicide watch all the time. It’s something I have a history with, so people don’t trust me. They try to take it easy with me, and I don’t like it, because I don’t want to be known as an artist that’s super volatile."
Angelakos Talks Changing His Mind During a Suicide Attempt
"I walked myself to the hospital and waited for four hours—my coat had blood seeping through it, and I was passing out on the floor. The hospital employees finally realized what was wrong with me and said, 'Why didn't you tell us what was happening?' I didn't tell them because I was embarrassed."
Angelakos On His Lifespan
"I’ve told people that I don’t see myself living very long. That really upsets them, but I’m just being honest."
Abusing Alcohol to Deal with a Two-Month Period of Mania
"I went completely psychotic. I started drinking about one and a half liters of expensive gin a day. It was a way to rein in the mania—but when you are manic, you don’t want it turned off and you don’t know that anything is wrong. It’s like asking someone that has never seen a mirror before to describe what they look like."
The Importance of Being Candid About Mental Health
"I don't think people talk about mental illness a lot, but they need to know it's OK to talk about how they are feeling. People are afraid of telling the truth because they think it's going to hurt everyone around them."
If you have the emotional fortitude, you should definitely check out the full piece over at Pitchfork.