WELLNESS
01/24/2015 09:51 am ET Updated Jan 24, 2015

Fall Out Boy Bassist Pete Wentz Opens Up About His Battle With Bipolar Disorder

For the millions of people who have been touched by some form mental illness, Pete Wentz has a message for you: It's OK to open up.

The Fall Out Boy bassist joined HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani earlier this week, where they discussed mental health stigma and the common misconceptions about what it means to treat the disorders. While many who struggle with mental illness believe that they'll be on medication or in therapy forever, Wentz stressed that everyone's journey is different.

"I think that the idea there's a 'one-size-fits-all' [treatment] is one of those myths," Wentz said. "Everybody figures themselves out in a different way. And I think there's no shame in talking about that kind of stuff. It's not something you should feel scared ... talking about."

Check out the full HuffPost Live clip above to hear more about Wentz's battle with bipolar disorder and for more on mental health, click here.

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Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Correction: A previous version of this article referred to Wentz as the singer of Fall Out Boy when he is the band's bassist. We regret the error.

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