Bruce Springsteen spoke candidly about his ongoing battle with clinical depression to The Asbury Park Press. Springsteen is promoting his new film, Western Stars, and its accompanying soundtrack due out on Friday (October 25th). When discussing the role psychotherapy has played in his life, Springsteen brought in all back home, explaining, "It would have been a vastly different household. Everybody needs all the help they can get, that's the bottom line. Y'know, I came to it relatively late in life. I was in my 30's and it was and continues to be very valuable to me, it's something. . . it's been a very positive force as far as me sorting through my life and getting to a place where you can love somebody and receive love and (my wife) Patti (Scialfa) was an enormous, enormous part of bringing all of that into my life, that I had resisted and failed to be able to do earlier."

He credits Scialfa for helping him navigate through some of his toughest moments: "Y'know, she was a very strong and supportive and a powerful woman, very loving and I got into a place where I was, I kind of dug myself into a black hole. It took quite a while to dig myself out of it and it took a lot of help from a lot of different places. So I'm very grateful for it and a part of what the film is a thank you to my lovely wife."

Springsteen, who first fully revealed the extent of his mental issues in his 2016 memoir, Born To Run, explained why he felt the need to finally bring his personal issues publicly to light: "I just started talking about it because it was such a large part of my life and at some point something you've been doing for 30 years and it's had such a deep influence on you, it's something that comes up in conversation at some point. But everybody has to find their own way but if I had grown up in a house, say, where that had been part of our resources, it would have been a very different life. But, who knows, you don't know at the end of the day where the fuel for the fire comes from. I don't have any regrets, but it would have been a lot easier on my parents and on my father if he had recourse for some help."

Bruce Springsteen feels that through antidepressants and therapy, he's able to function to the best of his ability. That said, he admitted that depression has continued to lay him pretty low with seemingly no notice: "It lasted for a long time. In my 60's it would last for a year, then it would slip away, then it would come back for a year-and-a-half. It sneaks up on you. It's like this thing that engulfs you. I got to where I didn't want to get out of bed, and you're not behaving very well at home, and you're tough on everybody -- hopefully not the kids. I always tried to hide it from the kids, but, y'know, Patti really had to work with me through it. And her strength and the love she had was very important, y'know, as far as guiding me through it. She said, 'Well, you're going to be okay -- maybe not today' (laughs) '. . . or tomorrow, but it's gonna be alright."

On November 4th, Bruce Springsteen will once again headline the annual "Stand Up For Heroes" benefit at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.