Adam Lambert, 37, has been the lead singer of Queen + Adam Lambert since 2011 and, besides embarking on a world tour in the last two years, has released some new songs. But opening on his new song earlier this year, the musician opened his mental health battles.
Posting on Twitter in February, Adam wrote: “Let me sincerely thank you for your patience and continued faith in me. You pushed me to continue even when I felt discouraged.
“I love making and playing music, but there have been many times when I have had to compromise my artistic vision, with executives making decisions based on money rather than art.
“Don't get me wrong – I'm VERY proud of my body of work. But I am coming out of a dark period of guessing my own art and having my mental health suffered from it. "
Adam continued, “I started to wonder, 'Is all this confusion really worth it?' I put all my focus on my work and started to feel detached from my personal life.
“My self-esteem was suffering. I was alone and getting depressed. "
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But the singer continued writing how touring with Queen helped him recharge his "positive energy."
He said: “With a little professional help and the support of colleagues, friends and family, I came out of the darkness.
“I decided to start my next album on my own, so as not to be influenced by anything but my passion for music. I got in touch with fellow writers and artists I met over the years and began scheduling sessions with them.
“I wanted to make the music I wanted to make and enter the space I was in when I dreamed of becoming a singer – before playing an industry game started to stir my love for music.
“After the first songs were written, I began to realize that the only way to launch this new project the way I imagined was to change my team.
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“So I hired a new management company and signed with a new label. A new beginning!"
Adam announced a new song from the album called "Feel Something".
He explained: "This was written about me going out of the low period, challenging my disappointment, possessing my needs and opening my heart," he writes.
“Single life can be a laugh, with a lot of jokes, but after a while it starts to feel empty.
“Between frustrations with my career and a lot of lost connections, I felt numb, and although I wanted to fall in love, I knew I wasn't ready.
“That's what inspired me to scream:“ I don't need to feel love, I just wanted to feel something!
“It was in this realization that I took the first step toward self-care and regained my spirit back to health. This song is the emotional starting point of my new album. "
Two common types of mental health conditions are anxiety and depression.
What is anxiety?
Bupa explains that anxiety is a feeling of discomfort or worry about the future.
Although it is normal to feel some anxiety, for example, when you are faced with a stressful situation, such as a job interview, if the anxiety lasts too long and is severe, it can interfere with your daily life.
The health organization lists the physical symptoms of anxiety as:
- An accelerated heartbeat (palpitations)
- Tension in the muscles, which can be painful
- Stomach pain
- Feeling sick
- Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
- Dizziness or fainting sensation
- Needing to go to the bathroom more often than usual
- Trembling or shaking
- A headache
- Numb or tingling fingers, fingers or lips
Anxiety can be reduced through physical activity, less caffeine, a healthy diet, using relaxation techniques such as mediation or getting help from your GP and support organizations.
What is depression?
Depression is more than simple feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days, says the NHS.
He explains: “Most people experience periods of discouragement, but when you are depressed, you feel persistently sad for weeks or months instead of just a few days.
“Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They are wrong – it is a real disease with real symptoms. Depression is not a sign of weakness or something from which you can "get out" of "recomposing" yourself.
"The good news is that with proper treatment and support, most people with depression can fully recover."