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Mental Health Matters: ” I was dying, and I was still trying to keep up with everyone else.”

First, I want to say that I am so grateful that more and more people are becoming more open to sharing their own personal struggles with mental health. I have learned that, unfortunately, there is a negative stigma attached to talking about these issues- especially in the music industry. There is so much pressure to be constantly busy, productive, and always ‘on our game’. We are in a world where everything everyone does appears in our social media feed, and whether we are aware of it or not, we are…

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Mental Health Matters: “You Are Not Your Pain”

There’s a notion at open mics, DIY spaces, and the backstage areas of larger venues: that the only difference between eccentric and insane is your talent. That there’s a fine line between madness and genius. That great inspiration can only come from great pain. Whatever made Van Gogh cut his ear off is also what let him make beautiful paintings. Suffer for art. We romanticize it. The 27 Club is a higher honor than living to Leonard Cohen’s age. The true rockstar: desperate and angst-ridden, smashing TVs in hotel rooms,…

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Mental Health Matters: Stress, Anxiety, and the Fear of Rejection….

There are not many people these days who can say they don’t feel some degree of stress in their life, and many can also check off “anxiety” in that same questionnaire of life. I can count myself in this category, I have been suffering from anxiety for most of my adult life. I chose to tell my story as an owner of an online music magazine and how I face stress, anxiety, and depression head daily. First off, big thanks to Angela Mastrogiacomo and Infectious Magazine for publishing this series…

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Mental Health Matters: On Music, the Light, and the Darkness

  Maintaining the public semi-fictions we present to the world can be exhausting.  There is pressure to become the most digestible and uncomplicated versions of who we think we should be for others to see and acknowledge.  But this picture we present usually lacks what I would call ‘personal substance’ – that private world where our depth of feeling, tangible rawness and vulnerability resides.  This under-the-skin honesty is too heavy to be shared out loud in person, and something we are expected to tuck away deep within ourselves and not…

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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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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: 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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WATCH: Dollar Signs “Hi, Anxiety” Music Video

North Carolina punk band, Dollar Signs, released a music video for their song “Hi, Anxiety.” The track is off the band’s 2015 full-length release, Yikes. “Something really bad is about to happen,” the band sing as a bunch of bad things start to happen. The group have their own quirky style of music that is guaranteed to get you up and bouncing around. And if the news wasn’t cool enough, the band also announced their “Escape From Corporate Hell Tour 2k16.” They will be playing everywhere from Georgia and New…

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