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Pete Davidson Talks BPD and Depression on SNL's Weekend Update

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On Saturday night, a new season of “Saturday Night Live” premiered, and comedian Pete Davidson took to the Weekend Update desk to talk about borderline personality disorder and depression. Davidson only recently opened up about his borderline personality disorder diagnosis on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast.

“As some of you know, I was recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, a form of depression,” he told Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost. He then gave “advice” for anyone who thinks they are depressed:

If you think you’re depressed, see a doctor and talk to them about medication, and also be healthy. Eating right and exercise can make a huge difference. And finally, if you’re in the cast of a late night comedy show, it might help if they, you know, do more of your sketches.

He joked that perhaps being on TV more would help with his depression and read a fake doctor’s note: “Please use Pete in more sketches, where we gets to kiss the host, and use more of his rap videos, which I think are actually good.”

Borderline personality disorder is not a “form” of depression, as Davidson said, but audiences seemed to respond well to his lighthearted jokes nonetheless. After all, it’s not everyday you hear depression discussed on late-night TV.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental disorder marked by a pattern of ongoing instability in moods, behavior, self-image, and functioning.” While people with BPD have high rates of co-occurring mental disorders, like mood disorders and anxiety disorders, it is not technically a “type” of depression. The National Institute of Mental Health also notes that the label “borderline personality disorder” is very misleading, though a more accurate term does not exist yet.

What do you think of Davidson’s sketch? You can watch the full video below:

Originally published: October 8, 2017
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