Pop Culture & Mental Health

Music and Mental Health II

ANXIETY

Kacey Musgraves “Rainbow”

When it rains, it pours, but you didn’t even notice
it ain’t rainin’ anymore
It’s hard to breathe when all you know is
the struggle of staying above the rising water line

Well, the sky is finally open
the rain and wind stopped blowin’
But you’re stuck out in the same ol’ storm again
You hold tight to your umbrella,

Well, darlin’ I’m just tryin’ to tell ya
That there’s always been a rainbow hangin’ over your head



Kehlani “24/7”

It’s okay to not be okay to dive in your pain
And it’s alright to not be alright to search for your light
And it’s all good to not be all good
to feel like you shouldn’t feel any better

You gotta lose you just a little
Lose your cool just a little
I won’t judge you a little
Not even a little bit
I know you’re fuckin’ sick of it

I don’t know nobody
who thinks that they’re somebody 24/7




DEPRESSION

Solange “Cranes in the sky”

I tried to drink it away, I tried to put one in the air
I tried to dance it away, I tried to change it with my hair, I ran my credit card bill up
Thought a new dress would make it better

I tried to work it away
But that just made me even sadder
I tried to keep myself busy
I ran around circles, think I made myself dizzy
I slept it away, I sexed it away, I read it away

Well it’s like cranes in the sky
Sometimes I don’t wanna feel those metal clouds



Geto Boys “My Mind Playing Tricks on Me”

Day by day it’s more impossible to cope
I feel like I’m the one that’s doing dope
Can’t keep a steady hand because I’m nervous
Every Sunday mornin’ I’m in service
Prayin’ for forgiveness
And tryin’ to find an exit out the business
I know the Lord is lookin’ at me

But yet and still it’s hard for me to feel happy

I often drift while I drive
Havin’ fatal thoughts of suicide




MENTAL ILLNESS

Halsey “Gasoline”

Low on self esteem, so you run on gasoline

I think there’s a flaw in my code
These voices won’t leave me alone
Well my heart is gold and my hands are cold

Are you deranged like me? Are you strange like me? Lighting matches just to swallow up the flame like me? Do you call yourself a fucking hurricane like me? Pointing fingers ’cause you’ll never take the blame like me?





Matchbox Twenty “Unwell”

Hold on,
Feeling like I’m headed for a breakdown
And I don’t know why

But I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell
I know right now you can’t tell
But stay awhile and maybe then you’ll see
A different side of me

I’m not crazy, I’m just a little impaired
I know right now you don’t care
But soon enough you’re gonna think of me
And how I used to be, me



SUBSTANCE ABUSE

D12/Eminem “Purple Pills”

I take a couple uppers, I down a couple downers
But nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple pills

I’ve been to mushroom mountain, once or twice
but who’s countin’? But nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple pills

Cool, calm, just like my mom with a couple of Valium inside her palm





Staind “It’s Been Awhile”

And it’s been awhile since I could hold my head up
high and it’s been awhile since I first saw you
And it’s been awhile since I could stand on my own two feet again and it’s been awhile since I could call you

And everything I can’t remember as fucked up as it all may seem; the consequences that I’ve rendered I’ve stretched myself beyond my means

And it’s been awhile since I can say that I wasn’t addicted and it’s been awhile since I can say I love myself as well



Since completing my undergraduate studies, I've dedicated my time to supporting and empowering individuals with behavioral health issues. This blog is to be a platform for the behavioral health community; examining the history of behavioral health and the progressions made within the field while providing information and resources to those who need it.

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