The October issue of Vanity Fair includes an in-depth interview with Bruce Springsteen in which The Boss and his wife talk candidly about periods of depression he has experienced. He sought help from a psychiatrist in the early 80's, around the time he wrote some pretty dark songs for his River double album. Bruce, who has included stories between songs during concerts about his difficult relationship with his father, said during the interview that he began to wonder whether he could '...get sick enough to where I become a lot more like my father than I thought I might?' Patti Scialfa gets credit from her husband for recognizing when it seemed like he was confronting '...a freight train bearing down, loaded with nitroglycerin and running quickly out of track.' She confesses to being a bit uncomfortable when she first found out that Bruce was including the account of his depression in his forthcoming autobiography, but realized it was important for him to include it, adding, 'A lot of his work comes from him trying to overcome that part of him.'
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