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Do you think George was dealing with depression from 66 to the break-up?
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I think was his best period, spiritually,and creatively.He hadda loving wife,good friends, and teachers.He may and was held back in my opinion till Abbey Road. He proved with If I Needed Someone/taxman-2 that he could write good stuff.The only thing that i wished is that he wouldve developed more as a guitar player..

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It was possable he was dealing with depression. you named all those songs that hinted to depression, i didnt see anyone mention "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", if that song is not hint, i don't know what is. but then again being in the Beatles in the midst of "Beatlemania" would be enough to drive anyone to depression. this is coming from someone whose life is the exact oppisette (me) of anyone "lucky" enough to be rich & famous. BOTH extremes is VERY isolating. rather you rich, famous, and idolized or someone who is ignored, sheltered, disabled, middleaged with just a life experience of a 12 year old. BOTH extremes of the oppisette is no way to live, but unfortunatly it happens.

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I'm not sure if what George had was PTSD, but Olivia has described him as being shell-shocked by the whole Beatles experience, and judging by these quotes it was something which he dealt with for the rest of his life - probably made worse by John's murder and the stabbing incident.

"If you had something like two million people screaming at you, I think it would take a long time to stop hearing that in your head. George was not suited to it." - Olivia Harrison

"I remember him visiting me on tour in Germany. He would come to the side of the stage and look out. But he really didn’t want to go on. He would go, ‘It’s so loud and smoky, and they are acting so crazy. I just feel better back here.’" - Tom Petty

"George opts to drive with me from Soho Square to Knightsbridge, but when I can’t find where I left my car, I feel he wishes he hadn’t. A bit like an animal caught in a searchlight is our George when out on the streets and I can see him getting a little twitchy as he and I - a Beatle and a Python - parade up and down before the diners on the pavements of Charlotte Street, looking for my car." - Michael Palin

"George talked a lot about his nervous system, that he just didn’t want to hear loud noise anymore. He didn’t want to be startled. He didn’t want to be stressed." - Olivia Harrison

Then there's this: 

QUESTION: What about the turning point in 1966? The whole furor in America, the Maureen Cleve article and the Christ comment John made. What impact did that have on the group? How did it affect their lives individually, or the group as a whole?

GEORGE MARTIN: Pressure was coming from all sources. There were death threats. They were man handled in the Philippines by an unruly crowd, they were virtually booed out of the Philippines because they didn't turn up at a reception for the President's wife. But nobody else knew that George Harrison was in fear of his life 'cause he actually had some poison pen letters saying, "You'll die in the next five days," and the assassination of Kennedy wasn't so far away. It was pretty hair raising stuff. That together with the mass adulation wherever they went. They couldn't escape. That made them want to retreat and of course, they didn't have any lives of their own either. It's all very well to have this great deal of fame, but when you can't escape it and you're always with three other guys, you want to say, "Hey, wait a minute. Where's the girlfriend? Where's my children? What kind of family life is this?" It doesn't exist.

I think he did experience the most trauma from Beatlemania, being the youngest and such a private person. His personality did not suit that level of fame at all.

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