Kurt Cobain - Depression, Bipolar Disorder & Suicide
Brief Biography - Who was Kurt Cobain?
Born Kurt Donald Cobain, he was a famous American singer and guitarist. Born on 20th February 1967, he was a member of the all famous rock band of Nirvana. He initially displayed artistic talent as he drew characters from movies and cartoons. He later began to develop an interest in music. He began singing when he was two and at four, he started playing the piano and wrote his first song about a trip to the park. Cobain started learning to play the guitar at age 14 when his uncle gave him a guitar as a birthday gift.
He formed a band with Krist Novoselic, whom he met in High School a few years earlier. This band was later named Nirvana. His early tours did not pull enough crowd and so brought little earnings. They recorded their first album Bleach with Chad Channing as the drummer. Their second album, Nevermind was a hit. He had problems managing his success with his childhood experiences and became publicly proud
Cobain changed from a loving and caring child when he rebelled and withdrew after his parents divorced at age eight. His indolent behavior grew even worse as he showed disrespect towards adults and bullied other children at school or in the neighborhood. As a musician, he publicly resented sexism, racism and homophobia and in display of that played at a gay rights benefit show. These were early signs of bipolar disorder which he was believed to have been diagnosed with later.
Kurt Cobain & Links to Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
There is several things that would link Kurt Cobain as being bipolar with the two most obvious links being the fact that he committed suicide and that he interestingly wrote a song called Lithium (the most common treatment for Bipolar Disorder).
As a child, he was believed to have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and believed to have suffered bipolar disorder as an adult. This could account for his rebellion, aggression and drug abuse. He also endured poor self image and self consciousness sometime in his life. His continuous drug use affected his band as Cobain often fell unconscious during photo shoots. He attempted to go into rehabilitation once but that did not work. He had an overdose of heroin once when preparing for a show.
Cobain began taking drugs at age 13 and continued throughout his life. He consumed large amounts of any kind of drug; Lysergic acid diethylamide, acids and anything abusable. He also consumed large amounts of alcohol and any kind of solvent. He had his first dose of heroin from a dealer which he used for some years and developed addiction as a result. His drug usage was attributed to emotional imbalance caused by a severe stomach condition he suffered. Cobain attributed his drug use to his stomach condition, but comparing with people believes it was as a result of suffering from bipolar disorder.
Cobain attempted suicide once when he locked himself up in a room with a gun and a pack of pills. He was later found dead in his home by an electrician with what is believed to be a suicide note. Thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts have been found to have a high prevalence in people suffering from bipolar disorder.
He married Love Courtney and had a daughter with her. He disappeared on 4th April 1994 and his body was found on 8th April 1994.
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