“I was diagnosed at 26 as bipolar after an episode that landed me in an institution,” the actor defined.
“I have been struggling with the medical model of mental illness for a long time. I started to really get into talk therapy around the particular trauma, and I find that narrative and stories, dealing intellectually and emotionally with personal trauma, has been far more liberating to me than hospitals and drugs.”
Talking to The Huge Problem, Harbour added: “I have definitely been in and out of the system. And there were times in my life where very easily I could have ended up on the streets, but I luckily had a family who could support me through those lean and very trying times.”
The 47-year-old, who performs Hopper on the hit Netflix collection, defined that there’s a “social component” to psychological sickness.
“It’s not like a broken leg. What defines crazy is social inappropriateness. But it’s very socially inappropriate, in a sense, to not have enough money to live on,” he stated.
Being mentally sick is a pure situation of poverty. “When you can’t participate in society by going out buying lunch and go into a store and stuff, it’ll make you crazy. It’s chicken and egg. They go hand in hand.”
The American actor, who married British singer Lily Allen in 2020, stated that previous to Stranger Issues he struggled to get by on his common appearing gigs.
“It hit very hard a month after I hit 40. I remember going in and I was very upset because I still was in this place where I didn’t have any money, I was worrying about how I was going to pay my rent,” he defined.
Of touchdown his position on Stranger Issues, the actor stated he thought it was going to be a present that he would love however nobody would watch.
“It was different from anything I’ve ever experienced in my career. One by one I started to get tonnes of text messages saying, ‘Stranger Things is amazing, I love this show’,” he defined.
“I’ve never experienced that before or since. It was really a magical moment. The reviews and numbers hadn’t come in but I knew at that point it was something special that really touched people.”
You may learn the complete interview with David Harbour in The Huge Problem, out there from distributors or through an internet subscription.