“Zombie” singer Dolores O’Riordan’s tryst with depression, bipolar disorder and death

“Zombie” singer Dolores O’Riordan’s tryst with depression, bipolar disorder and death

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the band Cranberries, who delivered all-time hits like “Zombie” and “Linger” died recently under mysterious circumstances. Her body was discovered at a London hotel and sent for further examination. While the toxicology reports are pending, the entire nation and her family has been devastated by her sudden death.

Few details of the days leading up to her death suggest that she was perhaps struggling with depression, paranoia and hypomania along with serious backache, which led to the cancellation of many shows in 2017. In the past, she had also shared her battle with alcohol addiction, smoking and anorexia nervosa.

Sexual abuse and poor mental health

At a tender age of 18, O’Riordan became the frontwoman of Cranberries. In 1994, she married Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton and had three children with him. She and the family used to juggle between frequent tours and the long distance relationship through Canada and Ireland. In 2014, the couple parted their ways. Following this much-publicized breakup, O’Riordan suffered a major nervous breakdown.

In 2013, O’Riordan revealed how she was sexually assaulted when she was barely eight years old. Since her father suffered from brain damage, he was oblivious to the surroundings and her mother was too engrossed in earning for the family and paying the bills, which led to the continuation of assault on her daughter. The repeated assault left deeper marks on the singer. But she felt relieved and cleansed when she came out in the open and tried to make peace with her past. “It is a way of emptying that closet – no more skeletons. Just peace and healing. No baggage. There is a great sense of a burden off my shoulders,” she once said.

Nevertheless, the abuse continued to haunt her into her adult life and it made her struggle with eating disorder and mental health issues throughout her career. Her father succumbed to cancer in 2011, which shattered her completely. She firmly believed that if her father was in good health, he would have definitely dealt with her abuser. All through her life, O’Riordan was very attached to her three children but she sorely missed her children due to long distance and the divorce.

Her troubles seemed to have no end. Right after her split in 2014, she pleaded guilty to four offences of which three comprised assault and the remaining was owing to a furor during her flight from New York to Shannon. Soon after the incident, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The singer shared about her struggles candidly and said once, “There have been times when I’ve struggled. The death of my father and mother-in-law was very hard. Looking back, I think depression, whatever the cause, is one of the worst things to go through.” But she did have happy moments too. Her true joy of life were her children.

Road to recovery

Life is beautiful yet, unpredictable. Sometimes everything goes as planned and life is full of achievements, love and rewards. Then, there are times when one might have to struggle with the death of a loved one, an illness, failure or a divorce. The secret to living a happy and productive life is to strike a balance between the highs and lows and find a new purpose of living. But when the pain becomes unbearable and everything seems to be in the dark, one might fall in the deep pits of depression. The person may continue being sad for days without letting anyone get a whiff. That should be the warning sign that it’s time to get professional support and save oneself from destruction.

If you or your loved one is showing the symptoms of depression, contact the Arizona Depression Helpline to locate the best depression rehab centers in Arizona. Call at our 24/7 helpline 866-233-3895 or chat online with one of our representatives to get details about various depression treatment programs in Arizona.