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Bruce Springsteen bravely opens up about his battle with depression

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Bruce Springsteen has opened up about his struggles with depression, admitting he doesn't know the parameters of his illness. The singer went as far to say that he fears he could suffer like his dad Douglas, who passed away in 1998 after battling alcoholism and mental illness.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Bruce said: "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?"

The Born to Run singer has always been forthcoming about the fact that he is prone to depression. He has had therapy and taken antidepressants as a consequence.


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"You don't know the illness's parameters," said Bruce Springsteen

Bruce has turned his hand to writing and has penned a 500-page autobiography Born to Run. In it the musician writes how his wife Patti is his rock.

"Patti will observe a freight train bearing down, loaded with nitroglycerin and running quickly out of track," he wrote. "She gets me to the doctors and says, 'This man needs a pill.'"

Bruce also revealed that touring and the energy from performing kept his spirits high, while long periods at home would make him more prone to feeling down.

Speaking about a particularly low point in his life, he wrote: "I was crushed between 60 and 62, good for a year and out again from 63 to 64. Not a good record."

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