''Basket Case is about anxiety attacks and feeling like you’re about to go crazy. At times, I probably was. I’ve suffered from panic disorders my entire life. I thought I was just losing my mind. The only way I could know what the hell was going on was to write a song about it. It was only years later that I figured out I had a panic disorder.'' - Billie Joe Armstrong
"It's an anthem for weirdos. It's about losing your mind, about going through total confusion. Most people have had that experience." - Billie Joe Armstrong
''I think of a song like “American Idiot” as feeling, OK, there is a lot of chaos in the world, people getting murdered. There is no way to make sense of a world like that. You feel like a victim of it. “Basket Case” is the same way.'' - Billie Joe Armstrong
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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