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Op-Ed: An Honest Reaction to Demi Lovato’s ‘Simply Complicated’ Documentary

Previously for Infectious Magazine, I wrote an article about making my peace with Los Angeles’ music industry scene, and since moving back to Texas, I’ve focused on taking care of myself and my mental health. I’ve been seeing my therapist and incorporated a daily workout that is at least one hour a day solely dedicated to myself. Life has gotten better, but I still struggle with my anxiety daily. Recently I watched Demi Lovato’s YouTube documentary, Simply Complicated, which released on October 17, 2017, hot on the heels of her…

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Mental Health Matters: Self-Care & Dealing With Depression

Another day passes by, everything looks normal; it’s just life, sometimes stressful, sometimes quiet. Even though we have people around who love us and we love, there’s something that doesn’t feel quite right. Sudden changes in mood, that become hard to understand, one minute we’re laughing our heads off and the minute later we just want to be alone all by ourselves and even cry for no reason. Being a workaholic has made me forget about all these feelings that I’ve been carrying in my heart for so long. Growing…

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Mental Health Matters: Overthinking

It’s normal for me to overthink things. From the small day to day elements that hardly get a second mention, to the overarching difficulties in life that feel sticky in my head, there’s always something coming back to me again and again. When I’m going through life as I usually do, I’ve learned to combine a healthy mix of a stimulating and busy schedule, a calm, direct approach to over thought worries and being honest with my friends and family as a means to overcome. It’s important to both not…

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Mental Health Matters: The Lies Our Mental Illness Tells Us

Sometimes we need help living with our mental illness, and that’s okay. Sometimes it can get too much, and I understand that. I, myself, suffer from depression and anxiety. Often, we feel scared and ashamed to ask for help; Or even simply talking about how we feel. We shouldn’t, and we know that, but we do anyway. That’s just another lie our mental illness tells us; “We’ll just be a burden” or “we’ll cause unnecessary worry.”  You aren’t a burden. They love you. You see we need to be honest…

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Mental Health Matters: Give Yourself Permission to be More Than Your Passion

I have been labeled an “overachiever” by family and faculty for as long as I can remember. My parents wanted me to do well, but I pushed myself harder than they ever did. My father struggled with alcoholism, leading to a tumultuous relationship between my parents, and a distant one between he and I. I worked hard to become great enough at something that marriage never became a necessary path for survival. Once I knew the Music Industry was something I wanted to be a part of, there was no…

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Mental Health Matters: “My depression was a part of me, and it needed to be heard.”

I’m a writer – or at least, that’s what my parents always said. And so I write a lot (on paper and to keyboard melodies) to try and make sense of the way my brain interprets the world around me. I wrote a story once that framed my depression as a really bad friend who enjoys manipulating you and seeing you fall apart into tiny little pieces. And while that’s a nice thing to imagine – simplifying depression as just some textbook plastic mean girl you can tell to go…

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Mental Health Matters: The Monster in My Head

There is a monster in my head. I mean, I think there is a monster in everyone’s head, but I’m most familiar with my own monster. Being an artist and a songwriter has allowed me to become very good friends with that monster. The interesting part about my relationship with my monster is that I would never trade it for anything, because without it I’d never be able to feel the massive extremes that I’ve felt. So, in some ways it kind of feels like you have mental health X-Men…

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Mental Health Matters: Anxiety & Depression

Mental illness doesn’t politely walk up to your door and ask nicely to come in; it kicks the door down,throat punches you, and then laughs when you cry out in pain. I’ve been dealing with anxiety and depression stemming from PTSD for about as far back as I can recall memories. As a child my mother was constantly stuck cleaning up vomit because I had worked myself into a panic attack in the middle of the night and had thrown up again. Anxiety can cripple you in the moment if…

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Mental Health Matters: Emptiness, Abandonment, and Self-Love

There is a deep pain and emptiness that rests uncomfortably in my soul. It has been there for as long as I can remember, and it requires constant work to keep the feelings at bay. Up until this year I have managed to fill it with all kinds of temporary denials to keep it quiet. But now, I am learning to fight it. To take back control. It is an emptiness that stems from an uncertain childhood, the kind where parents do their best and love you with all their…

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Mental Health Matters: Panic Attacks & Depression

I had everything under control until I had massive panic attack while driving 70 mph down a crowded morning highway in May of 2004. A half hour later, my wife had gotten me into a nearby emergency room where I was brought in screaming at full throttle, “I am DYING! My NECK is going to EXPLODE!” An hour later both the Klonopin I’d received and the mortification at my own behavior had finally kicked in. I’d had sporadic episodes of anxiety since my late teens, almost as long as I’d…

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