Saturday Night Live returns this weekend and among the prominent rising stars of the cast will be Pete Davidson. The stand-up comedian announced earlier this year in an Instagram post that he’d quit marijuana and was sober for the first time in eight years. But as he relayed in a recent episode of WTF with Marc Maron, cannabis might not have been his problem after all.
The “Resident Young Person” at SNL revealed that he’d been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
His move to enter rehab was sparked around September/October of last year, where he “stared having these mental breakdowns where I would, like, freak out and then not remember what happened after. Blind rage,” Davidson said.
Though he was in the midst of a happy relationship with Cazzie David, the daughter of famous comedian Larry David, Davidson was looking for a relief from his mental lapses.
“I never really did any other drugs, so I was like, ‘I’m gonna try to go to rehab. Maybe that’ll be helpful,'” Davidson said. “So I go and I get off weed. They told me there, they’re like, ‘You might be bipolar,’ and I was like, ‘OK.’ So they’re like, ‘We’re gonna try you on these meds.’ And then I got out, and then I started smoking weed again—and I’m on meds.”
Following one admittedly dark episode, Davidson was officially diagnosed with BPD. He admitted to Maron that he’s still getting a handle on embracing his new situation.
“[My medication] is working, slowly but surely,” he said. “I’ve been having a lot of problems. This whole year has been a [bleeping] 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.”
At least he seems to have found a way to cope with his struggles: