Suffering from mental health problems is not just something ordinary folk go through, and depression, anxiety and breakdowns are extremely common among the rich and famous as well.
One star who has come out in the open about his emotional problems is Bruce Springsteen, with the singing sensation revealing to Esquire magazine that he has to watch out for the warning signs of mental illness, otherwise “the wheels can come off a little bit”.
“The Boss”, as he is often known, described in the interview that he first suffered from a mental breakdown when was 32 years old at the height of his music career.
While he admitted he did not know what the trigger was, he thinks behaviours during his childhood could have led to it.
“Long ago, the defences I built to withstand the stress of my childhood, to save what I had of myself, outlived their usefulness, and I’ve become an abuser of their once lifesaving powers,” he stated.
The 69-year-old told the interviewer that he spent his teens feeling “like a very, very empty vessel”, and despite the success he has achieved and his critically-acclaimed talent in music, he admits this “came out of a place of real emptiness”.
He first told the public of his inner struggles in his 2016 autobiography Born To Run, where he revealed he suffered from ‘agitated depression’, and struggled to find any inner peace.
Speaking with Esquire, he said “feelings became so overwhelmingly uncomfortable”, adding he felt he had “things inside me that could lead to pretty bad places”.
Springsteen’s career spans more than 40 years, with the release of his first album Greetings From Astbury Park, NJ, through to his upcoming LP, Springsteen On Broadway.
His latest revelations could be a huge help to those who can relate to his struggles and do not know where to turn.
With 90 per cent of British workers affected by mental health challenges in the UK, according to Accenture, it is important to seek help for emotional difficulties.
This includes getting support from adult therapy in Chester, who can give you the tools you need to get through your struggle.