AKA: "I was diagnosed with clinical depression"

AKA: "I was diagnosed with clinical depression"

Award-winning rapper AKA says he was recently diagnosed with clinical depression. Read about his experience here. 

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Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known professionally as AKA, has revealed that he was once diagnosed with clinical depression. 

AKA revealed this to his followers on social media. 

He says the diagnoses was made "many many months ago" and reveals that he was given antidepressant, Wellbutrin XL 150, to help treat the condition.

However, the star says he struggled with the pills. 

“I was diagnosed with clinical depression many many months ago. I couldn’t handle them," he wrote. 

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He says the medication made him feel numb. 

"They made me feel like I couldn’t feel anything, so I got off them. Plus my whole job is to feel,” he adds.

AKA encouraged anyone who is suffering from depression to not give up. 

“To anybody reading this, just hang in there. Trust me,” he added.

READ: Listen to AKA's new song for his late fiancée Nellie Tembe


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The rapper has had a tough year, after losing his fiancée Nellie Tembe. 

Nellie died on Sunday, 11 April 2021, at the five-star Pepperclub Hotel in central Cape Town.

She reportedly jumped off the tenth floor.

In October, AKA released a song explaining how Nellie's death has negatively affected him. 

"Try to break down and cry, but all my tears run dry," he sings. 

Listen to the song below. 

READ: AKA is launching a new subscription app called 'AKA TV'

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