When you see the name Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen, most people will begin conjure ideas of his extensive music career, rock star lifestyle and lengthy live shows.
However, few people will associate the 66 year old musician with another important aspect of his life, namely, his personal struggle with depression.
Springsteen has recently opened up about the mental health issue he has faced throughout the years and states he remains worried about suffering from depression again after the condition left him feeling at an all-time low just a few years ago.
In an interview with pop culture magazine Vanity Fair, the singer-songwriter stated he felt “crushed between 60 and 62, good for a year and out again from 63 to 64”.
This brutally honest declaration is a testament to the impact mental health illnesses can have on a person’s life and how anyone can be affected regardless of, occupation, background or celebrity status.
He also mentions how his exciting career in music may have actually influenced part of mental health troubles by comparing the “euphoria” of playing live shows to the inevitably come down of leaving the stage and facing the concept of mortality once again.
Prior to playing a show, he describes how an intense feeling of empowerment confidence overcomes him: “every night, where you think “Hey, man, I’m gonna live forever.” You’re feeling all your power”.
Springsteen then explains how this feeling is then juxtaposed by the sudden realisation of life’s finite nature and of the eventual inability to continue living life in the same way as he currently does.
The singer’s family also has a history of various mental health illnesses including agoraphobia (the fear of situations where escape is difficult) and trichotillomania (a hair pulling disorder).
Many of these conditions were not diagnosed properly and some even ignored entirely which, of course, contributed towards their symptoms intensifying.
Another of Springsteen’s fears is developing a personality similar to that of his late father Douglas Frederick Springsteen, whose characteristics he deemed to be akin to Charles Bukowski.
Springsteen’s vocality on the subject of his depression and personal life in general is a stark reminder to the importance of achieving positive balance in all areas of life as well as enjoying each moment to the fullest.
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