In the latest installment of the 'Unmasked' video series, the veteran frontman opens up about weathering the highs and lows that come with mental illness.
The weight of mental illness can feel overwhelming, and for many it’s a burden they feel compelled to bear alone. Many people can feel a sharp sense of self-consciousness, as if by sharing how they’re suffering is unduly adding to a loved one’s own emotional baggage. Equally as difficult is navigating the stigma of mental illness generally, where by admitting to being sick can lead to feeling singled out or cast aside.
Anthony Green, lead singer of the bands Circa Survive, Saosin, The Sound of Animals Fighting as well as an accomplished independent recording artist, knows those complicated calculations better than most. He was first diagnosed with a mental illness at a trauma center in his hometown of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. A clinician there told him he suffered from schizophrenia, a mistaken diagnosis that would follow Green for years. It wasn’t until he met another psychiatrist who suggested that he may instead have bipolar disorder, a disease that causes manic highs and relentless lows, that he began to understand his own needs.