SNL Veteran Pete Davidson Seeks Rehab Support

Comedic talent Pete Davidson bravely shares personal mental health journey.

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SNL Veteran Pete Davidson Seeks Rehab Support

Actor and comedian Pete Davidson has recently checked himself into a rehabilitation facility, according to a source close to the Saturday Night Live (SNL) alum. The insider confirmed to PEOPLE that the 29-year-old star voluntarily entered treatment and is expected to complete the program in the near future.

Page Six initially broke the news, revealing that Davidson sought in-patient therapy to address ongoing challenges related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and his prior diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD).

A different source shared with PEOPLE that Davidson has a history of seeking rehab as a way to work on these issues, and his friends and family have been providing him with unwavering support during this time.

Pete Davidson's Brave Battle: Candid Mental Health Journey

Davidson has been candid about his mental health struggles, publicly disclosing his diagnosis of borderline personality disorder during an appearance on Marc Maron's WTF podcast in 2017.

He discussed the events leading up to his diagnosis, including a period of rehabilitation he underwent in December 2016. Initially attributing his extreme mood swings to his marijuana use, Davidson revealed that he experienced a "mental breakdown" after returning from rehab and resuming the drug.

However, he received the diagnosis of BPD several months later. "I found out I have BPD, which is borderline personality disorder," he shared. "One of my psychiatrists [diagnosed me]. He was always saying before this big meltdown, 'You're probably bipolar or borderline, we're just going to have to figure it out.'

" The comedian emphasized the importance of therapy in his journey towards improvement, acknowledging that it was a slow process but one that was making a difference. Despite his challenges, Davidson maintained a sense of humor, making light of his sobriety and stint in rehab during appearances on SNL's "Weekend Update." In 2022, Davidson sought additional trauma therapy due to the distress caused by online harassment from Kanye West following Davidson's romantic involvement with West's former spouse, Kim Kardashian.

Reflecting on his experiences on SNL, Davidson spoke candidly about the complexities of navigating the show while his personal life and relationships were often targets of comedic material. He expressed gratitude towards the SNL family and their support, particularly highlighting the understanding and compassion shown by Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of SNL.

Opening up about his vulnerability, Davidson said, "This was a really difficult thing to do. You feel small. You feel super insecure." As Davidson focuses on his well-being and seeks professional help, fans and supporters hope for his continued recovery and success both personally and professionally.

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