Aaron Carter Talks To "The Doctors" About Psych Meds: "This Is My Reality"

By Paul Gaita 09/13/19

Carter will appear on a two-part episode of the syndicated show to discuss his personal life, addiction and his familial relationships.

Aaron Carter

After earning headlines—and concern from fans—for a blistering Twitter rant in which he called out his brother, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, for allegedly preventing him from seeing his nephew, singer Aaron Carter will appear on the syndicated talk show The Doctors to discuss his current state, including entering treatment for various mental health issues. 

TMZ posted a clip of the two-part episode, which will air on September 12 and 13, in which Carter shows a bag of prescription medication, which he says is for "multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety," and manic depression.

"This is my reality," the singer says in the clip.

Rehab Stint

The clip also features Carter commenting on recent and extensive dental work, which required him to take the opiate hydrocodone for pain management. Carter spent two months in rehab in 2017 to treat a dependency on painkillers.

Carter, 31, who previously appeared on The Doctors in 2017 to discuss health issues and personal problems, including a DUI arrest, is seen in the clip hoisting a bag of prescription medication containers, which he says includes the anxiety drug Xanax, Seroquel—which is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder—the anticonvulsant gabapentin and the antihistamine Hydroxyzine, both of which can be used to treat anxiety, and the antidepressant Trazodone.

Carter also mentions "omazeprazole," which may be omeprazole, a prescription medication for heartburn, which has been cited in some studies as also exacerbating depression and/or anxiety symptoms.

Carter explains that the medications are used to treat his array of conditions, which include schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder and bipolar disorder, as well as manic depression and acute anxiety. "This is my reality," Carter says to a silent studio audience in the clip. "Hi. I have nothing to hide."

The TMZ clip also shows Carter addressing his sobriety by noting that he has not taken any opiates, before correcting himself and stating that he took hydrocodone for dental work. "I got six crowns. Okay?" Carter says, before displaying the results of the dental procedures to the audience. According to TMZ and Pop Culture, Carter will take a drug test as part of his appearance on the show.

His Mother's Alcoholism Battle

In addition to Carter's appearance, The Doctors episode will also feature his mother, Elizabeth, who will discuss her own struggles with alcohol dependency. Aaron Carter describes his mother's present condition as "the craziest, most toxic, unhealthy place in the world" in another clip.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.