Pink Talks Mental Health, Anxiety With Carson Daly

By David Konow 04/29/19

"I have anxiety. I overthink everything, but what I do is I keep the right people around me, and I go to therapy," the singer revealed.

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Last Friday (April 26), Pink made a strong return with her new album Hurts 2B Human.

For Pink, it’s a fitting album title. While promoting her new work, the singer discussed mental health and anxiety on The Today Show.

At one point in the interview, Carson Daly, who has battled anxiety himself, brought up the subject of mental health of young people “who are really struggling, and they’ve been struggling silently.”

“I’m hopeful that the taboo of it is all going away, because more and more people are talking about it,” Pink said. “I think talking about it is the most important thing. I know that anxiety is the number one thing that kids now are going through.”

As the singer continued, “For my generation I feel like it was depression and suicide and suicide is super-prevalent still, but now it’s like it comes from a place of anxiety. And I get that, I fully understand that, and I’ve been depressed. I have anxiety. I overthink everything, but what I do is I keep the right people around me, and I go to therapy.” (Pink and her husband, Carey Hart, have been in counseling together for 17 years, and she credits this for keeping her marriage together.)

In battling anxiety and depression, Pink also recommended keeping a journal. Through it, she's “exorcised so many demons from just putting it to paper.”

The title track of her album "Hurts 2B Human" is a collaboration between Pink and singer-songwriter Khalid. She told Entertainment Weekly, “When this song happened, it hit a string in me that just resonates. I feel like in 2019 if you’re present and not totally escaping your feelings and you’re looking around at what’s going on in the world, it hurts… I think it’s a really hopeful song.”

The song "Happy" also deals with Pink’s views on body image and self-esteem. She found the song “a release. I’ve always been a person who likes to shake hands with the elephant in the room. I don’t feel like I’m any different than anybody else but maybe I’m just able to talk about it. I believe in therapy and I think music is therapy.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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