Adam Duritz On Having Chronic Depersonalization

It is always a godsend when a celebrity -- especially one in the entertainment industry -- speaks openly about their personal struggles with any mental disorder. Adam Duritz is one who has come out with his struggle with chronic depersonalization disorder.

He was interviewed on Huff Post Live. What is unfortunate is because mental illness is so poorly understood by any mentally healthy individual, the journalist makes little effort to truly grasp the condition and Duritz is left to say he”feels crazy.” Not only to I detest the word “crazy” it again conveys only a vague description of Duritz’ daily battle which interferes with his creativity and his life in general.

I am grateful however for his coming forward and hope in the future he (and others with chronic DP/DR) are given more time to describe this horrible experience. And yes, “he looks perfectly normal.” So do most people with a mental illness. They simply choose to hide it out of shame or for to avoid discrimination at work or in social situations.

I believe I gravitated towards the entertainment industry early on as it is one place where you are allowed to be eccentric, or “different.” But as usual DP/DR is an equal opportunity scourge as are all brain disorders.

Thank you Adam!

Adan Duritz Opens Up About Depersonalization Disorder
Huffington Post Interview - August 27, 2014
With Ricky Camilleri

There are few things that faze Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz. But the rocker's battle with depersonalization disorder has terrified him, he admitted on HuffPost Live.

“The dissociative disorder is scary. Being crazy is scary. I would love to not have to deal with that," he said to host Ricky Camilleri.

Depersonalization disorder is a dissociative disorder that causes sufferers to feel as though they are outside observers of themselves, disconnected from their physical bodies and no longer in control of their thoughts and actions.

Duritz first revealed his diagnosis publicly in 2008, and has said previously that his mental health issues have hampered his ability to write new songs and release new music with Counting Crows. The band's newest album, "Somewhere Under Wonderland," will be its first in seven years.
Duritz admitted that he deals with depersonalization "all the time."

"It's not going anywhere. It's sort of an 'all day, every day' thing. It's not fun," he said. "But that's life, you know. It's just like anything else. You kind of get what you get. "

Watch the full conversation HERE on HuffPost Live.