Spring­steen opens up about de­pres­sion

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In a new Van­ity Fair cover story, Bruce Spring­steen opens up about var­i­ous top­ics that he dis­cusses in his soon-to-be-pub­lished au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, “Born to Run,” in­clud­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence with de­pres­sion.

Spring­steen told the magazine that he of­ten wor­ries that he will wind up strug­gling with the dis­or­der in a sim­i­lar way to his father, Doug, who bat­tled men­tal ill­ness and al­co­holism through­out his life.

“You don’t know the ill­ness’ pa­ram­e­ters,” Spring­steen said. “Can I get sick enough to where I be­come a lot more like my father than I thought I might?”

The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also re­vealed that he un­der­went some par­tic­u­larly se­vere bouts of de­pres­sion not too long ago.

“I was crushed between 60 and 62, good for a year, and out again from 63 to 64,” he ad­mit­ted. “Not a good record.”

Spring­steen pointed out in the book that tour­ing tends to el­e­vate his mood, and his most se­ri­ous strug­gles take place while he’s at home. He wrote that his wife, Patti Scialfa, of­ten will no­tice if he is bat­tling a dark mood and, if so, “She gets me to the doc­tors and says, ‘This man needs a pill.’ ”

Scialfa told Van­ity Fair that although she felt un­com­fort­able about her hus­band writ­ing so can­didly about his de­pres­sion in his mem­oir, she re­al­ized it was ther­a­peu­tic for him.

“A lot of his work comes from him try­ing to over­come that part of him­self,” she said.

WAL­TER BIERI/KEY­STONE

Bruce Spring­steen told Van­ity Fair he wor­ries about sim­i­lar­i­ties between his de­pres­sion and his father’s.

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