Sometimes I wonder if the passionate artists of the past were medicated in their youth and in their 20s, what would have happened, would their works have not been created?
This occured to me today while listening to Bruce Springsteen. At the age of 28 he recorded Promised Land.
"I've done my best to live the right way I get up every morning and go to work each day But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode Explode and tear this town apart Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart Find somebody itching for something to start"-Bruce Springsteen, Promised Land
Today if someone feels they want to explode they are given a mood stabilizer. If they want to cut the pain from their heart they are thought to be suicidal or violent, feared and in need of rescue. If you say you are looking for somebody to start a fight with, you are thought to want to provoke violence.
I just don't know what is normal and what teen boys are like but outgrow, versus what is pathological and which are signs of something more serious that needs attention. It's so confusing.