Aaron Carter has made the decision to be open and truthful with his audience regarding his mental health.
The 31-year-old crooner went to see The Doctors for an upcoming two-part interview in which he opens up about his struggles and the treatments he’s receiving.
In a film used to promote the interview, Carter says, “The official diagnosis is that I have manic depression, schizophrenia, and multiple personality disorder. “Xanax, Seroquel, Gabapentin, Hydroxyzine, Trazodone, and Omeprazole are prescribed to me.”
The pop musician holds out a large bag of prescription drug bottles to show how much medication he’s been taking, which the host Dr. Travis Stork and co-anchor Dr. Judy Ho examine.
Carter declares that he doesn’t feel ashamed of any of the medications he is taking, saying: “My reality is as it is. Hello, I’m not hiding anything.”
Prior to changing his response to acknowledge that he took extra medication when he had some dental work done, Carter in the promo tape also claims that he has never used opioids. Carter tested positive for a narcotic that isn’t mentioned but is hinted at in the preview.
Carter returned to the program in 2017 and performed a drug test, which revealed that he tested negative for both cocaine and meth.
The mix of medicines for which the singer tested positive was not necessarily safe, according to Dr. Stork. THC, or marijuana, was beneficial, according to Stork. It was positive for benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, and opiates, such as hydrocodone.
The singer was informed by Stork, “What bothers me about that drug panel is that your sister [Leslie] died from a drug overdose.” “The number of accidental fatalities increases when benzodiazepines and opiates are combined. These drugs can be extremely, really frightening, and I’m only speaking now from the standpoint of the doctor.”
Carter stated: “I’m concerned about my overall health because people tell me I look like I have AIDS, I look like I have cancer, or I look like I’m dying.” Carter also shared his concerns about his health and well-being during the visit.
Only a few months after another inpatient stay, in November 2017, Carter informed his followers on social media that he had checked himself into a mental health institution. He claimed that the second visit when he had gained weight and was feeling “wonderful,” had set him on a positive course.
Later, in early 2018, when promoting his new album, LV, he had a second conversation with ET regarding his health: “I feel much more in touch with myself and my emotions, and I’m in excellent physical and emotional condition. I’m fortunate to be healthy. I’m an active man.”
He also said that he had entirely stopped using prescription medications, saying, “stopped everything. They still had me on certain medications after I finished my treatment, but I quit taking them altogether. I wished to be off of everything.”