Billy Joel's Battle of Depression

In 1970, singer and songwriter,Billy Joel, experienced the sadness of a lifetime. A career downturn and personal problems triggered Joel to end his life by drinking furniture polish. "I drank furniture polish, it looked tastier than bleach." Rushed to the hospital by his drummer, Jon Small, Joel was put on suicide watch and received treatment for depression. After leaving the hospital, Joel recorded "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" as a message to help prevent teen suicide.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM5, depression is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or uninterested in life in general. When having these feelings for two weeks or more and they get in the way of daily functions, it is likely a major depressive episode. When dealing with a major depressive episode, thoughts of suicide can occur.

The DSM5 does not contain any more new information on depression than the DSM4. The two week period is still the amount of time needed for it to be classified as major depression.

I believe that Billy Joel had major depression. When it comes to the point of attempted suicide and being in constant waves of sadness, it'd be classified as major depression. Since his episode in 1970, Joel has still experienced many more episodes of depression. When 9/11 unfolded, Joel claimed to had lost all faith in humanity. It wasn't until he discovered the story of Malala Yousafzai that he regained his faith in humanity. Joel claims she was truly his source of life inspiration.

Abbie Coffman, 2/6/14, Abnormal Psychology, Nezzio

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2 years ago
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You did a great job getting straight to the point about his disorder, his experiences that show his struggle, and other required information. Awesome Job.

2 years ago
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i like that his experiences are included

2 years ago
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This was great. I liked reading about how it affected him personally. Awesome possum