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Mental Health Matters: Coping with PTSD in the Music Industry Features Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: Coping with PTSD in the Music Industry

There have been a lot of stories over the past couple of years about sexual and domestic abuse within the music industry. These conversations are mired in hot takes – debates about legality vs. morality, about “call-out culture” and the prevalence of so-called witch hunts, and about separating the art from the artist. I’m not here to debate any of that today. Instead, I’m going to talk about the other half of the abuse coin – the mental health repercussions that can stem from it and how has played into…

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Mental Health Matters: When Moving to LA to Pursue Your Dream Breaks You Features Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: When Moving to LA to Pursue Your Dream Breaks You

After four years of living in Los Angeles, I recently made the decision to move back home to Texas. This was a very difficult decision. I fought with myself for a good chunk of those years convincing myself I was happy living here and that going back home was a sign of weakness and a sign that I gave up. I was too stubborn swimming in denial to admit that I was unhappy. I was so fixated on making a name for myself in the music industry and getting my…

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Mental Health Matters: Losing My Footing and Finding Some Ground Features Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: Losing My Footing and Finding Some Ground

When I was 18 and a few weeks into my second semester of college, I had a bit of a mental breakdown. I say “a bit” because I’ve had breakdowns that, on the surface, were much worse, but in relation to my career in music, this one is significant. I had chosen my college- Case Western Reserve University- partially because their Biomedical Engineering program was one of the best in the country. I excelled in my classes, earning straight As my first semester. I had a campus job as a…

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Mental Health Matters: “I Call The Shots.” Staying Healthy & Managing Your Limits Features Guest Blogs Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: “I Call The Shots.” Staying Healthy & Managing Your Limits

Music and Mental Health go hand in hand.  Music is therapeutic.  It can make you laugh, cry or feel like you’re on top of the world.  Learning to read and play music can help build self-esteem and confidence. For me, music was an escape.  I grew up with a mentally ill parent, but we didn’t talk about mental illness in my house.  It was this giant elephant in the room.  I used to think that if I could ignore the elephant that it would just go away. I started playing…

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Mental Health Matters: “I didn’t see these as internal struggles because everyone else around me perceived them as achievements.” Features Guest Blogs Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: “I didn’t see these as internal struggles because everyone else around me perceived them as achievements.”

There’s a saying that goes: “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” I think it comes from the Bible or something, but I’m not exactly sure. To be honest, I didn’t know about the saying or its meaning until my therapist explained to me what high­ functioning anxiety and depression were. Growing up I found it difficult to keep my hands still. My body constantly felt restless because my mind was always moving. I picked up instruments, eagerly accepted challenges, and was stimulated by new opportunities. I figured that if I…

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Mental Health Matters: “A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure” A Story of Self-Harm Features Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: “A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure” A Story of Self-Harm

“I was surprised by how much pressure it took to make the incision, and that made me feel safe. Because I had always thought of the body as so fragile” Saturday, February 20th, 2016: I hadn’t been feeling well that day, but I figured the party would cheer me up. I threw on a suit jacket – a rare occasion at Middlebury College – drank a beer, and got ready to go. A brisk 10-minute walk brought me to a friend’s house to pregame. Things didn’t feel too awkward, even…

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Mental Health Matters: When Self-Doubt Kills Your Career Before It Starts Features Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: When Self-Doubt Kills Your Career Before It Starts

Since I was little all I could remember is music circulating throughout my life. From learning who the band on the screen was [answer: it was AC/DC, it was always AC/DC] to my Godfather giving me money and letting me loose in the record store as I bought my first record;music has been and will always continue to the most important thing in my life no matter what. Though, for a period of time I wouldn’t listen to any music. Now you’re thinking, you’re part of an industry where music…

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Mental Health Matters: Post-Tour Depression Features Guest Blogs Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: Post-Tour Depression

Being a DIY artist in the music industry is the ultimate catch-22.  Mix in dealing with anxiety, stress, depression and a multitude of other mental illnesses and you’re in the middle of a creative quicksand.  I’ve been an active, touring musician for the past 6+ years – having done 13 tours (all self-booked) while still holding down a full-time job when back home and off the road.  For me, It’s that coming-off-the-road that’s always the hardest part of being a DIY musician.  I’ve dealt with depression and severe anxiety for…

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Mental Health Matters: What No One Is Talking About in the Music Industry Features Guest Blogs Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: What No One Is Talking About in the Music Industry

There’s something terrible happening in the music industry, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why no one is talking about it. It impacts the artists we set out to help, it changes the way we operate our businesses, and it’s hurting the people who work so hard to give this industry and the people around them their all. I’m talking about mental health. The amount of people struggling with a mental illness in this industry (yours truly included), and fighting night and day for the things…

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