Elon Musk: 'Yeah,' I'm Bipolar

'Maybe not medically tho'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2017 12:17 PM CDT
In this Dec. 14, 2016, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk listens as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology industry leaders at Trump Tower in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – When a Twitter follower of Elon Musk wondered if the "ups and downs" the Tesla CEO has experienced made for a "more enjoyable life," Musk got deeper into his mental health than that follower may have been expecting. "The reality is great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress. Don't think people want to hear about the last two," Musk replied. When another follower pointed out that people might be inspired to hear about the stress and the low points and how Musk has handled them, Musk responded, "I'm sure there are better answers than what I do, which is just take the pain and make sure you really care about what you're doing."

A third Twitter user followed up by asking Musk if he's bipolar. "Yeah," Musk tweeted, adding, "Maybe not medically tho. Dunno. Bad feelings correlate to bad events, so maybe real problem is getting carried away in what I sign up for." He also added, "If you buy a ticket to hell, it isn't fair to blame hell ... " Fortune notes that the exchange was a rare public discussion of feelings for Musk. (Read more Elon Musk stories.)

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