By Draco Malfoy,
The English comedian and actor opened up about self-injury in his memoir, "My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up." He revealed that he had self-injured as a teen, saying, "I get fixated when I’m bleeding – I can see why they went in for blood-letting in the medieval times because it makes you feel a bit better. When I cut myself, the drama of it calms me down."
In 1995 when he was at the Drama Centre London he was expelled in his last term of his final year for smashing a glass over his head and lacerating his chest and arms with it after his performance was criticized.
In a "Time Out Chicago" interview after being asked if he's ever been diagnosed with a mental illness Russell said, "Yes, depression and manic depression and, more latterly, bipolar. Attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity. It’s difficult to know which of those diagnoses are correct because most of the time I was very young and on drugs."
Russell is a former heroin and sex addict and a recovering alcoholic. He also struggled with bulimia as a teen. He's shown an interest in the Hare Krishna movement and chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is part of his recovery from drug addiction.