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Bruce Springsteen Fought Depression And Suicidal Thoughts In The '80s

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In the new issue of the New Yorker, there is one of the most in-depth articles on Bruce Springsteen there has ever been.

The writer, David Remnick, spoke with Springsteen himself as well as most of the members of the E Street Band.

He learned so much more than any other rock journalist had.

Some of the more interesting facts:

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Drug Used To Quit Smoking Could Increase Suicide Risk

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Quitting cigarettes? You may want to consider avoiding Chantix!

A new report says the popular drug used to quit smoking may actually increase the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts!

Researchers compared more than 3,000 reports of risks that arose from using anti-smoking drugs and found more than 90% of the reports were associated with Chantix use!

Dr. Curt Furberg, a study author and professor of public health sciences, said:

"We compared people who took nicotine replacement therapy, Zyban and Chantix. There was an increase in suicides even with nicotine replacement therapies, but Chantix was 8-10 times worse."

It's not just suicide either. Furberg and his associates found in an earlier study that Chantix users had a 72% increased risk of serious cardiovascular events.

Despite the alarming findings, the FDA still recommends the drug to be safe, saying:

"We continue to believe that when used as directed in the currently approved labeling, Chantix is a safe and effective treatment to help patients stop smoking."

Furberg and his co-authors are calling on the FDA to change warning labels on the possibly dangerous drug, but in the meantime, suggests only using Chantix as a "last resort".

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Kevin McHale Wants You To Talk To Him

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It really is heartwarming to see Kevin support this!

And it's true. The message is true. Trevor Project or not, helping those with suicidal thoughts can be as simple as letting them know you're there to talk.

But the Trevor Project IS there to help too, and we're so glad.

If you or anyone you know is having thoughts like these, don't hesitate to call a friend, or, even call the Trevor Project Helpline at 866 4U TREVOR!

Check out Kevin's video above!

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Lupe Fiasco Talks New Album, B.O.B. And Suicidal Thoughts

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Looks like Lupe Fiasco's got A LOT on his mind that he wants to share with the world before his new album Lasers is released.

Here's Lupe on his extreme reaction to B.o.B. getting all the recognition for Nothing On You, a song he originally recorded:

"That was the tipping point. It was less about the bruised ego but more the audacity of it. It was mentally destructive. I say it with a certain laissez-faire now because I’m past it, but back then, hearin’ that s**t, it f**ked me up. I was super-depressed, lightly suicidal, at moments medium suicidal – and if not suicidal, willing to just walk away from it all completely.”

And here's Lupe's less-than-positive thoughts on his new album:

“I hate this album. I don’t hate the music, but I hate the process. When I look at it, I don’t see song titles and artwork, I see the fight – I see the emotions, the blood, sweat and tears. There are a couple of songs on there that I love; but Lasers is a little bit of what you love, a little bit of what you like, and a lot of what you had to do."

We appreciate you opening up to us about all of this, but you realize this isn't going to help your label try and make your new single and album a hit, right?

It's a little bit distressing that you don't seem to care about this. Thanks for the honesty, but if you're so down about this album that you're willing to speak out against it, maybe there are bigger issues still at play.

MIGHT want to seek professional help, Lupe. The drama with B.o.B. is very unfortunate, but it's not worth contemplating suicide over.

Thoughts???

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Oprah Talks Suicidal Thoughts On Piers Morgan!

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Watch the clip (above) from Oprah Winfrey on Piers Morgan Tonight as she discusses her thoughts about suicide when she found herself pregnant as a teenager.

Wow. She has come so far!

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