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Music and My Mental Health | The Column

First of all let me explain what a bad day with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) looks like for me. It means waking up and feeling anxious and panicky as soon as I open my eyes . It means I am on the verge of an anxiety or panic attack that could happen at any moment.

The worst part of GAD is feeling like you have done everything wrong!

When I have bad days, it sucks. I feel like I have no control over my body, thoughts and feelings. I lose all my confidence and my energy levels are about as high as a tortiose.

The most accurate description is just feeling incredibly overwhelmed by everything and anything. The external world feels like a speeding car with no brakes!

But then I remember the magic of music can turn everything around.



The first day back to school is a perfect example of a bad day.

Thoughts start to race through my head so fast I can't even process all of them. Thoughts like what if my teachers don't understand my adaptations. What if my courses are too hard and what if I have a panic attack and other students make fun of it! – Ya know, the standard student thoughts.

When I put Demi Lovato's song Skyscraper on and I start to sing along, I can finally breathe again. The lyrics calm my mind instantly. I start to feel like myself again, all the confidence and energy the anxiety has taken from me, starts to come back.

The song reminds me that although at times I feel like I have lost myself, I will always find my way back.​ It also reminds me that my mental illness doesn't control me. It can try to be sneaky and hope I don't notice it but I always will. I will always have the strength to rise above it and can get through bad days “like a Skyscraper”!

Thanks Demi Lovato for writing that incredible song, it has helped me feel less alone in my struggle with mental illness!



  • No matter how overwhelmed I feel, music can always get me out of my head.

  • Demi Lovato’s music helps me make reasonable decisions.

  • Music and the celebrities who openly discuss their mental health through their art can make a big impact on a person's life.

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