David Draiman Thanks Fans For Support After Opening Up About Mental Health + Addiction Struggles

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Last week in the midst of a performance, Disturbed singer David Draiman opened up about his struggles with depression and addiction.

Among the comments he provided, the frontman said “The demons that are known as addiction and depression are very, very real. They are diseases no different than cancer. You can’t see depression. You can’t see addiction. It festers inside. It metastasizes, takes over your body and mind, your soul.”

In the time that has passed since Draiman openly talked about his mental health, many fans have reached out to the singer online, offering him supportive words.

Per a new tweet of his, the Disturbed frontman has a message to share with all of those who have been providing him with kind words:

“I just wanted to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of support. You are all heard, seen, and very much appreciated. Much love and thanks to you all. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere…you all keep giving me #AReasonToFight”

It is not easy opening up about mental health or addiction struggles, and it must have been a lot for Draiman to be as personal as he was with his audience.

Opening up in such a manner is a remarkably powerful gesture; for some folks who are struggling, it may mean a lot to them to see an artist they look up to talking about their own personal struggles.

Thank you for your willingness to be open David.

A source to look into, if you or someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse, is Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dial 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or send a text message to 1-800-487-4889.

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