RIP Chester Bennington
When we listen to music, multiple areas of the brain are activated including those associated with movement, planning, attention and memory. It changes our brain chemistry as well. Listening to music we enjoy stimulates the release of dopamine that makes us feel rewarded.
This post is going to be raw and honest, so if you are uncomfortable talking about depression/suicide awareness please do not read, for those of you who are, then feel free to continue.
This is a very personal topic, but I think it should be talked about and it should not be something you should be ashamed of. Like everyone in this world, I have had struggles in my life. My family, relationships, peer pressure, bullying, etc. I have always been affected when I know I am being judged by others. Its something that I still struggle with every day. Why? I am not sure. Why does it matter what someone else thinks about me, when I know I am the best version of myself everyday and strive to be a good person in a harsh world.
I suppose this is human nature. Its a natural reaction to a feeling of hurt. Sometimes when people think of depression, they think “ok your in a bad mood, go on a walk and cheer up”. Unfortunately if you suffer from this, you know this is the worst response possible, and it gives you a helpless feeling. You try to reach out to others and they don’t understand the severity of not just “being in a bad mood”, but being depressed.
I’m writing this because I have gone through these suffers, and I understand the hardships of depression. Being in the medical field, I’ve seen people who call for help, and they do not receive it. It ends with tragedy because they lose hope. They have no one to turn to, no one to listen. No one should ever feel this way.
I hope our society can try to understand mental illness’ more, and contribute to those who are suffering. You can save a life, you can be someones strength. What better feeling could there be, knowing you saved someones life?
Again, this post is very personal, and I hope it can reach anyone who is struggling, or needs to reach out for help. My door will always be open to a complete stranger, a friend, a family member, anyone who is facing a struggle. Remember you are not alone. You are important, and there is no one in this world like you.
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