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Creed Singer Scott Stapp on Psychotic Breakdown: ‘I Thought That People Were Trying to Kill Me’

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As we reported yesterday, Creed frontman Scott Stapp finally came clean about his late 2014 meltdown in a new People magazine story in which discusses his bipolar disorder and “psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse.” People magazine will feature an in-depth interview in their issue hitting newsstand tomorrow (May 15), but Stapp has offered some new information during an interview with ABC News.

Here’s a quick recap of Scott Stapp’s meltdown: In November 2014, Scott Stapp posted a self-made video claiming he was completely penniless and sleeping in his truck. Stapp was later placed on psychiatric hold after threatening to kill himself. He stayed for three days, but his estranged wife then sought a 60-day hold for the troubled musician. He went on to miss a court hearing, lost custody of his children and a 911 tape surfaced where Scott’s wife claimed he was on a mission to assassinate President Obama.

“I was so out of my mind, delusional, turned on everyone that I loved, made wild and crazy accusations about my wife. I thought I was being followed by the government, I mean, it was a manic paranoid, psychotic episode,” Stapp tells ABC News. “I was driving around with … a 12-gauge shotgun in my lap. And I thought that people were trying to kill me. I would have like, maybe a 45-second interval of, ‘What’s going on,’ and then I’d be right back into the psychosis.”

Stapp’s mania took extremely strange turns. He would stuff his wallet with cash and fill the back of his truck with guns and sports memorabilia, all of which he would give away randomly. He even gave away three Salvador Dali sketches to a Catholic Church in Mississippi. After making several calls to the White House in his manic state, the Secret Service actually at Stapp’s Los Angeles home and his family’s home in Florida.

Stapp also said he was taking exorbitant amounts of the prescription drug Adderall. “I got up to taking double the legal dosage for that medication, 120 milligrams,” he reveals. “And that led me right into a full-blown psychotic episode.”

After entering rehab and getting treatment for bipolar disorder, Scott Stapp has moved back home hoping to mend the relationship with his wife. “There is hope,” Stapp says. “When I’m with this woman, I feel like there’s always hope, and she’s teaching me what real love it and I’m just very thankful for that.”

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