For Pete Davidson, being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder was a relief. In fact, he told Glenn Close for Variety’s Actors on Actors series that the moment felt like a huge weight was “lifted off [his] shoulders.”
“I got diagnosed with BPD a few years ago, and I was always just so confused all the time, and just thought something was wrong and didn’t know how to deal with it,” Davidson said.
“Then, when somebody finally tells you, the weight of the world feels lifted off your shoulders. You feel so much better,” he continued.
In 2017, Davidson revealed he had BPD after he spent years battling depression and anxiety.
Although he has previously revealed that he’s contemplated suicide, Davidson said that’s not an option because there are so many people who love him and want him to live.
“[I] can’t, because I’ve got a mom and a sister and a family,” he said in a February 2020 interview with Charlamagne Tha God. “I’ve always been suicidal, but I’ve never had the balls, you know. Which, I’m very lucky.”
Back in 2017, when he was diagnosed with BPD, Davidson talked about how therapy has been helping, while in conversation with Marc Maron. “It is working, slowly but surely,” he said, adding “I’ve been having a lot of problems. This whole year has been a fucking nightmare. This has been the worst year of my life, getting diagnosed with this and trying to figure out how to learn with this and live with this.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call The Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit the website to chat online. You can learn more about BPD and find resources the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder website.