Aaron Carter diagnosed with personality disorder, schizophrenia

The 31-year-old pop star is also being treated for manic depression and acute anxiety

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Aaron Carter on The Doctors

    Child pop star Aaron Carter opened up about his extensive mental health issues in a new interview on The Doctors. According to the 31-year-old singer, he’s been diagnosed with personality disorder, schizophrenia, manic depression, and acute anxiety.

    Carter, who’s struggled with addiction and extreme weight loss in the past, said he’s now taking six different drugs to help stabilize his health. “I’m prescribed to Xanax, Seroquel, gabapentin, hydroxyzine, trazodone, omeprazole,” he explained to show hosts Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Judy Ho, while holding up a Ziploc bag of bottled medications.

    “This is my reality … hi,” added Carter. “I have nothing to hide.”

    Update: Despite his mental health diagnosis, Carter says he’s unwilling to give up his 500 guns. He also refused a 5150 psychiatric order, claiming he doesn’t pose a threat to himself or others.

    (Read: 73% of Musicians Report Suffering from Mental Illness)


    The “I Want Candy” singer also brought his mother, Jane, onto the show, hoping to convince her to finally admit to her drinking problem.

    “Her drinking is 5 a.m. in the morning she wakes up, she drinks a whole bottle of vodka … I’m the only one that goes down there and visits my mom,” Carter explained. “I see her in the craziest, most toxic, unhealthy place in the world.”

    Carter previously discussed his drug addiction issues and sexuality in a 2017 appearance on The Doctors.


    Since entering the entertainment business in 1995, Carter — the younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter — has dealt with a number of DUI arrests and marijuana charges. In September 2017, Carter checked himself into a rehabilitation and treatment center. At that point, he was having a difficult time coping with the sudden death of his father earlier that year and weighed just 115 lbs.

    (Read: 10 Songs That Get Real About Mental Health)

    “I definitely felt like I hit a rock bottom personally and emotionally,” Carter said in a People interview at the time. “I started getting really stressed out about things like my relationship or the expectations people had for me, and then I just stopped eating.”

    Carter’s full two-part interview on The Doctors airs Thursday and Friday. Teaser clips can be seen below.


    Carter recently dropped a new song called “Pyro”: