De-stigmatizing Depression and its Treatment

Did you know that no one is exempt from the experience of depression? Would it be surprising to know that some well known individuals have suffered from depression? Take, for instance, Bruce Springsteen. Even with his career taking off, in 1982, Springsteen remained haunted by his past, which included growing up with a depressive and self-isolating father. Bruce’s own symptoms of depression surfaced just as he was completing the acoustic album “Nebraska,” recounts the musician’s friend and biographer Dave Marsh. But what was shocking was how severe Springsteen’s depression became, reaching the point of spiraling out of control during a cross-country trip. He was even feeling suicidal. But here’s what’s interesting, he began seeing a psychotherapist. He credits receiving treatment with finally healing his past wounds. At a concert years later, when Springsteen introduced his song “My Father’s House” he recalled what the therapist had told him about those nighttime trips: “He said, ‘What you’re doing is that something bad happened, and you’re going back, thinking that you can make it right again. Something went wrong, and you keep going back to see if you can fix it or somehow make it right.’ And I sat there and I said, ‘That is what I’m doing.’ And he said, ‘Well, you can’t.’ ”