I’ll start this post off by being very real for a second and speaking about an issue that really hits home with me personally. A few months ago, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. It’s been a really rough year, to say the least – and while I’m not here to throw myself a pity party, I am here to have a conversation about the issue of mental health, because for whatever reason it has become the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about until some major catastrophe happens. No one wants to admit that they’re depressed. No one wants to talk to someone else about their “problems.” No one wants to be medicated. People are so focused on the stigmas surrounding all of this that no stops for a second to think about what they need to do to take care of themselves.
According to the World Health Organization, there are 300 million people worldwide who have some form of depression. Crazy, right? Know what’s even crazier? Fewer than 50% of those people actually get the treatment they need. Untreated, depression can lead to drug abuse, chronic aches and pains, phobias, panic disorders, anxiety attacks, trouble focusing at school or work, relationship problems, social isolation, eating disorders (leading to other diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes), self mutilation, and even death.
More conversations about mental health need to happen. We need to step up and take care of ourselves and forget about the stigmas.
Going right along with this post is the song “Disease” by Beartooth. To be honest, I’d heard of the band in passing before, but I hadn’t exactly checked out any of their music before. It wasn’t until I was doing a delivery and one of their songs came over some station on Apple Music, and I was intrigued. The band consists of Caleb Shomo (Vocals), Kamron Bradbury (Guitar), Zach Huston (Guitar), Oshie Bichar (Bass), and Connor Denis (Drums).
According to the band’s website, the whole album is about surviving depression. Set to release on 9/28/18, I’m pretty excited about this one since I’ve heard a few songs from it and I can relate to the message. See for yourself below.