Depression is a forceful bond that impacts all of us at one point or another. There is no clear distinction for what causes depression, sometimes it is a chemical or circumstantial. According to Mental Health America, the reported number of suicides reach over 15,000 a year. Within 4 years, the equivalent of the number of teens dead will correspond with the seating capacity of the average baseball stadium.
Coping with depression is harder than the depression itself, since most people who are depressed are 80 times more likely to become alcoholics. The SSRI receptor pills create a placebo effect that allows for the possible chemical imbalance to be fixed. Anti-depressants and Anti-psychotics are supposed to encourage the brain to send signals of chemical balance.
Why is this silent battle causing so many causalities?
The National Institute of Mental Health suggests that society needs to recognize the small signs of depression. The common thoughts of hopelessness, sadness, and grief all contribute to the possibility of depression. An invisible line distinguishes normal emotions to depression, but it is almost impossible to be able to tell for sure.
Music has been a remedy for depression and a collective therapy of its own. Artists like Billie Eilish, Rex Orange County, and Twenty-One Pilots have created a number of songs that include real emotions that are often ignored by mainstream pop. In an interview with Genius Lyrics, Billie Eilish discussed her depression regarding it as “You know, you can feel so unbelievably lost and horrible, and like your nothing for no reason as all, which is almost worse than having a reason.” Eilish continues to discuss the effects of depression, describing it as “the way that (Eilish’s) brain works.” Her songs like “idontwannabeyouanymore” and “listen before i go” have created an awareness for the real emotions that teens feel.
The National Institute of Biotechnology Information shows the improvement of mood when participants listened to music. Music is a natural help that can alter your mood. The dominance of music theory can help a friend in times of need.
If you or somebody you know is facing depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Hotline. 1-800-273-8255
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