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Sep 26, 2016

Bruce Springsteen Opens Up About Battle With Depression


Bruce Springsteen recently spoke with Vanity Fair about his upcoming autobiography, Born to Run. In the book he addresses his struggles with clinical depression, as well as his fear of suffering as his father did: “I was crushed between [the ages of] 60 and 62, good for a year, and out again from 63 to 64...Not a good record,” he said.

“You don’t know the illness’ parameters,” Bruce continued. "Can I get sick enough to where I become a lot more like my father than I thought I might?” Bruce’s father also suffered from mental illness.

He explained to the magazine: “One of the points I’m making in the book is that, whoever you’ve been and wherever you’ve been, it never leaves you...I always picture it as a car. All your selves are in it. And a new self can get in, but the old selves can’t ever get out. The important thing is, who’s got their hands on the wheel at any given moment?”

The 67-year-old rock legend’s new memoir, Born to Run, will be released on September 26.

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More Pop Culture Connection Inspiration: 

Mayim Bialik Offers Humorous Take on Making Time For Therapy
“Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Huffington Post, to star in the latest episode of “Celebs Have Issues,” a web series featuring famous people using their celebrity to shine a light on important issues surrounding mental health. More...

Hip-Hop Pioneer Tackles Mental Illness in New Memoir

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of the legendary rap group, Run-D.M.C., opened up about depression in his new book, “Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide: A Memoir.” McDaniels turned to alcohol after success left him feeling hollow, unfulfilled, and depressed. “We need to remove the shame and guilt surround depression,” McDaniels said. “As black men we feel we gotta be strong and tough. To admit you have depression was a sign of weakness. You were soft if you went to therapy. But if you don’t admit there is something wrong, you can’t begin to heal.” More…
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