David Harbour, who plays Hawkins Police Chief Jim Hopper on Stranger Things, made the revelations that he was institutionalized on an episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast released Monday.
Harbour, 43, was taken to a mental asylum by his parents when he was a child. He said: “I have a capacity to see ‘the elves’ in the corners of the room if I really allow myself to go there. Yeah. so I was actually — by my parents — taken into a mental asylum.”
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The actor, who was eventually treated for bipolar disorder when he was 25, also revealed the mental asylum is not a pleasant place.
“I have one thing to say about the mental asylum: I’ve romanticized two things in my life and both have fallen short. One is being in a mental asylum. Really not as fun as you think it is.”
He continued: “You do have a romantic idea of it — [like] ‘you’re a genius’ — and it just ends up being sad and smells like s**t.”
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The Netflix star continued his free-flowing conversation and discussed his bipolar diagnosis and subsequent drug use.
“And then I was diagnosed bipolar. And that’s actually when the drugs came in,” Harbour said. “I’ve been medicated bipolar for a long time. And I’ve had problems going on and off. I’ve had a struggle. Going on and off the medications.”
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