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Clayton, Depression and Music


Adam Clayton/ Walk in My Shoes/ U2

Earlier
this week Clayton chatted with the Irish Independent (Laura Butler) about his
stages of depression or as he called it “black dog” throughout his life. He
main coping skill has been his music and of course getting some help.  Adam said in the interview“There’s a lot of
it in our industry and it’s covered up with drugs and alcohol. There’s such a
high incidence of young musicians who commit suicide or inadvertently die
through accidents of some kind,” said the 52-year-old. I was aware of it
as a teenager. When I was 16 or 17 I found it quite difficult to fit in, but
then music was the thing that really worked for me. Then later on in my career
I had issues with alcohol, which again I went to rehab for and it was a breath
of fresh air to have people identify with what was going on for me. Thankfully,
by putting down the alcohol, I haven’t had any issues.”

He
also said, that music may have been the one thing that saved him as well as the
band. “Otherwise we’d have gone a bit mad… or certainly suffer from depression.”

Adam
was speaking at the launch of Walk in My Shoes campaign at St. Patrick’s University
Hospital in Dublin to encouraged those suffering from mental health issues to
reach out and stressed the importance of promoting open conversation to tackle
Ireland’s suicide problem.

So
what’s up with the new album Adam said “We’re in the middle of it at the
moment. It should be finished by the end of the year,” Clayton added.

Well
folks now do not get your knickers in a bunch unless the rest of the boys start
to say the same thing.