‘Global professional burnout’: political streamer Jean Massiet talks about his psychiatric hospitalization

For 8 years now, he has been appearing weekly on Twitch, up to five days a week, to decipher live news related to the political world. However, streamer Jean Massiet, aged 35, did not give his followers any news for a month, only soberly hinting on social media that he had been “hospitalized for several weeks”.

He reappeared on his show “Backseat” on Saturday, insisting that he will be on camera and on Sunday with Libération to discuss his mental state and the illness he suffers from, bipolarity.

He describes it as a “mood disorder that causes successive phases of depression and subsequent phases of mania or hypomania,” which plunged him into a mental state requiring his psychiatric hospitalization.

Particularly noteworthy statements like this one on Monday, a study published by Public Health France, highlight the increase in suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts among 18-24-year-olds since the Covid crisis.

“I knew it would take at least a few weeks”

The 30-year-old explains that he suffered from “depression, like many French people every year”. Since his condition could no longer be cared for at home, he was subjected to “free hospitalization in a psychiatric clinic”, adds Jean Massiet, who specifies that at the beginning of his stay he did not know the length of his stay. He stayed there for a month and a half.

“I knew it would be at least a few weeks until there was a new treatment for me that would work” for his bipolar, recounts the political streamer, who describes it as a “difficult to diagnose” mental illness that “affects more than 1 % of the French”.

He talks about his daily life: “Moments when I overproduce, especially professionally, with ideas that flow, language that accelerates, even with my body. And another where I experience the exact opposite and experience a sharp drop in mood. » His activity on the Internet, a “tiring profession” that “occupies a significant place” in his existence, may have caused what he considers “burnout”.

“It was very difficult for me to create content on the Internet related to the public,” Jean Massiet also explains to Libération, admitting that he is “a public person, morning, noon and night, whether I’m awake or not.”

After facing this “global professional burnout”, he intends to make prevention among his audience his “duty”. “I want him to know the reality, even if it’s hard to say,” he insists, and is convinced of the coming end of the “taboo” among the younger generation. “It is part of my responsibility to sound the alarm on young people’s mental health so that public authorities can mobilize,” continues Jean Massiet.

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