Springsteen admitted that he had struggled with depression for much of his adult life,Springsteen wrote hauntingly: “You don’t know the illness’s parameters. Can I get sick enough to where I become a lot more like my father than I thought I might?”
He is not the only public figure opening up about the effect depression can have on your life. Boxer Tyson Fury told Rolling Stone magazine that he self-medicated with cocaine and alcohol. “I can’t deal with it and the only thing that helps me is when I get drunk out of my mind,” he said.
Novelist Matt Haig detailed his longstanding relationship with anxiety and depression in last year’s Reasons to Stay Alive, noting that “to be calm becomes almost a revolutionary act”, while American comedian Paul Gilmartin has run ahugely successful podcast on the subject, The Mental Illness Happy Hour, since March 2011.
Musicians Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean have also tackled the illness, in interviews and in their work. Ocean told the Guardian in 2012: “My art [is] the one thing that I know will outlive me and outlive my feelings. It will outlive my depressive seasons.”
Meanwhile, Lamar tackles the illness on his latest album, To Pimp A Butterfly,singing: “I know your secrets … I know depression is restin’ on your heart for two reasons.” He later told MTV that he saw To Pimp A Butterfly as a form of therapy.
Martin Daubney, the former editor of Loaded, now campaigns on issues affecting men and boys. “We’re definitely turning a corner at the moment where talking about men and depression is concerned, and I really do think that’s been facilitated by celebrities leading the way,” he says.
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