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Guns N' Roses' Guitarist Opens Up About Depression

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Anyone can suffer from depression. Even famous rock and roll guitarists. Especially famous rock and roll guitarists.

Duff McKagan, the guitarist from Guns N' Roses, suffered from a serious bout of depression following the September 11th terrorist attacks.

He said:

"The world seemed to be in upheaval, and all fronts were under attack. Everything was suddenly fearful, and my own place on this earth seemed muddy and without bedrock. My daughters were 4 and 1, and suddenly my idealistic vision of being the perfect dad was acutely obscured by movements beyond my ability to control. I sunk into a thick, black state of being. Depression for the first time."

That sounds awful!

We would've guessed it was some drug fueled rock and roll thing from decades ago but this sounds more serious!

Luckily, he found a way to overcome his depression, saying:

"Being alone with one's own thoughts can and will be the most terrifying and dangerous place for the sufferer of most types of depression. What I have found in fighting thoughts and feelings of depression is to actually talk and get out - face the day head on if you can. 'Today is going to be the best day in my history' is not a bad place to start. Share your 'stuff' with others. Don't be afraid to do it. You may just be surprised by how many like-minded people there are out there. Depression and anxiety have touched most of us to some degree or another."

That sounds like solid advice to us!

Whether it's a therapist, an online support group, a friend or family member, talking to someone will always help.

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