The U2 star talked about getting help for feeling “wonky” in an interview with an Irish radio station yesterday (April 7).
“I relied too much on alcohol and other things to get me through,” Clayton said. “I pretty much had a eureka moment. I was fed up of the way I felt constantly. In my particular case, it was difficult for me not to go ‘you’ve got a great life, what’s wrong with you’. Eventually I got fed up with feeling fed up. Eventually a few friends who’d been through alcohol and drug treatment said ‘you can get over this, you can feel better’. At the root of addiction, certainly in my case, was a mental issue. It’s how I approached the day. I was able to get help and revise my thinking and turn that around. I’m a much happier bunny now.”
Clayton also discussed the difficulty people face in seeking help, particularly men.
“Any kind of medical issue, particularly men, we don’t like going to doctors for anything,” Clayton said. “Particularly with mental health, you don’t have to say you’re depressed, you just have to say I’m feeling a bit wonky, I feel a little broken. It’s a very complicated world we live in with all kinds of pressures, and we get it wrong sometimes. A big part of it is demystifying it.”
Listen to the interview below:
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