The recent disturbing video showing former child star Maia Campbell acting crazy & erratic has hit an alltime high on the popularity scale (i.e. google trends) this week. Sad thing is, most (including me) assumed that Campbell was high on drugs and a prostituting herself for a fix. Although it was all implied in the video, we all were wrong about jumping to conclusions. Over the years there have been numerous rumors about Maia Campbell’s mental issues. Reports were she was either bipolar or schizophrenic. I’ve even uncovered some information where she was once in a mental facility in California for quite some time but she left for unknown reasons.
Maia’s mother, the late author Bebe Moore Campbell even wrote a book entitled 72 Hour Hold that revealed a ‘fictional’ story of a mother dealing with a daughter who is bipolar and refuses treatment.
In the book, Bebe Moore Campbell’s characters reflect what may have actually been her reality. The mother’s teenaged daughter suddenly begins to act erratically and is eventually diagnosed with a bipolar (manic/depressive) disorder. Their lives are turned upside down when the daughter refuses to take the prescribed medication (mood stabilizers and psychotic drugs) and resorts to alcohol and marijuana use which only exacerbate and amplify her self-destructive behavior. Maia is most likely self medicating as well.
These new revelations should shed some light into what Maia is actually going through, since things are never as they seem. I still pray that she gets the help that she so desperately needs. Hopefully the next story I read about Maia Campbell will be of her family helping her through her struggles.