Corey Taylor, singer with metal titans Slipknot and Stone Sour, has been speaking about his struggles with depression.
Talking to The You Rock Foundation, Taylor discusses his illness, how he overcame it with the help of music, and reminds those who are suffering that they too can do the same.
“When I hit 17, I kind of started wrecking myself, and started lashing out at a lot of people,” he says. “I think a lot of the anger and sadness was starting to bubble up into other areas. So I was starting to react to a lot of things.”
“I was homeless, off and on, for about two years,” he continues. “And I didn’t know what I was gonna do, I didn’t know how I was gonna do anything with my life. I didn’t have any money, I didn’t have any notebooks. I was carrying my clothes around with me in a trash bag, living under a bridge on the south side of Des Moines. And it was heavy duty; it was a really, really dark time for me. I definitely got to the point where I was ready to end it all. I had the razor in my hand and I started cutting myself. But it was a pressure valve kind of situation, where it wasn’t like I was going to end it, I just needed to feel something real to snap me out of it. And I did, luckily. I ended up swallowing a bunch of pills. My grandma took me to the hospital, they fed me ipecac, I threw up, then they had to forcefeed me liquid charcoal to get my stomach to settle down. And that was probably the lowest moment of my life, because I’d done it to myself. The only thing that really helped was writing. It felt like when I was writing I could work it out and really be able to get my head around it. It provided a way for me to get that primal scream out without having to scream. The scream was there if I needed it, but also being able to sing and really get a handle on the emotions that I was feeling without losing my mind. It was the sanity that I needed to kind of get my feet underneath me and move on and put a lot of that stuff behind me.”
You can watch the candid discussion in the video below:
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