Depression and Music: Rock Stars Open Up

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Musicians talk about their experience with depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm


.Depression is a very common illness nowadays. The number of people facing it is constantly growing, and the statistics of suicides provoked by mental health problems are also quite alarming. excerpt from Ultimat-guitar.com to read the full article click here

Brian May / Queen
The guitarist lost his father around the same time that Freddy Mercury died. These events caused him to run into depression. He felt like he “didn’t want to live” in the months following the deaths.

I regarded myself as completely sick. I was wounded and very much in pieces. I went into a serious depression – I was subsumed by feelings of loss. Being in a touring band puts your friends and family on hold. You’re focused on one thing: the band. When that finishes you’re out on a limb. The band finished, so there was a terrible feeling of loss. The band was my family. We lost Freddie and my dad died at almost the same time. I didn’t want to love – I’d lost myself completely.

Chester Bennington / Linkin Park
My whole life, I’ve just felt a little off,” Bennington said in conversation with Music Choice earlier this year. “I find myself getting into these patterns of behavior or thought – especially when I’m stuck up here [in my head]; I like to say that ‘this is like a bad neighborhood, and I should not go walking alone.’
Most of my problems are problems that I cause myself,” he continued in the interview. “That’s what that song [“Heavy”] is about – that time when you consciously look at that. Once you acknowledge what it is, you can separate yourself from it and do something about it, as opposed to just being in it.

Bruce Springsteen

I was crushed between 60 and 62, good for a year, and out again from 63 to 64. Not a good record. Patti will observe a freight train bearing down, loaded with nitroglycerin and running quickly out of track … she gets me to the doctors and says: ‘This man needs a pill.’

Kate Bush
Kate’s depression was brought on by the death of her mother Hannah, who Kate was very close to:

I spent a lot of time sleeping. I also used to enjoy watching bad TV, like really bad quiz programmes or sitcoms. I found them fascinating. It seems I needed to be in a position where there were no demands. I saw friends occasionally and I was very quiet. I was just trying to recuperate.

Geezer Butler / Black Sabbath

The primary lyricist for the band, Butler used his work as an outlet — as with “Paranoid,” of which he said in a 2013 interview:

Basically, it’s just about depression, because I didn’t really know the difference between depression and paranoia. It’s a drug thing; when you’re smoking a joint you get totally paranoid about people, you can’t relate to people. There’s that crossover between the paranoia you get when you’re smoking dope and the depression afterwards.

“I used to be a cutter. I’d cut my arms, stick pins in my fingers, that kind of thing. I used to get really depressed and it was the only thing that could bring me out from it. If Sabbath hadn’t made it, I’d have been long dead. I’d have killed myself.

 

Leonard Cohen

My depression, so bleak and anguished, was just crucial, and I couldn’t shake it; it wouldn’t go away. I didn’t know what it was. I was ashamed of it, because it would be there even when things were good, and I would be saying to myself, ‘Really, what have you got to complain about?’ But for people who suffer from acute clinical depression, it is quite irrelevant what the circumstances of your life are.

“I used to be a cutter. I’d cut my arms, stick pins in my fingers, that kind of thing. I used to get really depressed and it was the only thing that could bring me out from it. If Sabbath hadn’t made it, I’d have been long dead. I’d have killed myself.

Demi Lovato

 

The singer has never shied away from opening up about her problems and is determined to de-stigmatise mental illness by sharing her story. Demi Lovato said: “I just think mental illness is something people need to learn more about.I want people to know it’s okay to ask for help and it’s okay to have a mental illness

Adele

Despite the fact Adele is literally the most successful recording artist in the world, the London-born singer has had a long battle with anxiety.

“I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage, my heart feels like it’s going to explode because I never feel like I’m going to deliver, ever,” Adele told Q magazine, before explaining that she couldn’t envisage herself playing a festival or an arena show. “The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me. I’d hate to book a festival and have a f**king anxiety attack and then not go on stage.”

Lady Gaga

“I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life,” she told the music magazine. “I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal.” depression

More recently, the singer explained how she’s been on medication as part of treatment. “I take medication every day for mental illness and depression and don’t feel bad about it,” she said at a concert in 2014.

“Depression doesn’t take away your talents – it just makes them harder to find. But I always find it. I learned that my sadness never destroyed what was great about me. You just have to go back to that greatness, find that one little light that’s left. I’m lucky I found one little glimmer stored away.”

 

 

 

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