• Rebecca Gorman

13 Songs About Mental Illness


You might feel alone, but I promise you’re not. Even celebrities struggle with mental illness. If you’re looking for someone to put words to your thoughts, check out these songs that nail what it’s like to have a mental illness.

1. “We Don’t Have to Dance” by Andy Black

This song sounds like a self-celebrating party anthem, but it actually has a way more powerful meaning. Andy Black is talking about social anxiety -- no matter what we think we’re expected to do, we always have the power to say no to what makes us anxious.

2. “Alone in a Room” by Asking Alexandria

I play this song on repeat all the time. Being alone with our minds can be scary, but sometimes it’s a good way to delve into what’s bothering us.

3. “Anxiety” by Papa Roach

I’ve struggled with anxiety since I was seven, and there has never been a song that’s spoken truer to my experience. Anxiety often makes me feel like there’s a war going on inside my head, except the only real threat is me.

4. “I Wanna Get Better” by Bleachers

This song screams recovery. It’s hard to watch the people around us living so-called “normal lives,” but the lyrics perfectly picture what it’s like to deal with that isolating feeling.

5. “Basket Case” by Green Day

Not all of us go to whores who tell us we’re bores, but this song nails the way mental illness makes us feel “crazy” or like we’re too much to handle.

6. “Dark Side” by Kelly Clarkson

I really like this song because of its unswerving honesty. Mental illness can make us feel unlovable and complicate our relationships, but it’s important to open up to people you trust even if it’s scary.

7. “Nervous Girls” by Lucy Hale

I’ve never been a huge fan of country, but I love this song. Anxiety makes me feel different, but this is a great reminder that we’re all in the same boat and even the greatest struggles can be those that are unseen.

8. “Unwell” by Matchbox Twenty

I’ve seen Matchbox Twenty in concert twice, and they absolutely rock this song every time. It bears a strong meaning -- our minds aren’t crazy. Mental illness is an ailment like any other and our minds can feel unwell just like the rest of our bodies.

9. “Paranoiac Intervals / Body Dysmorphia” by of Montreal

I’ve also struggled with body dysmorphia for quite a long time. of Montreal is right; body dysmorphic disorder really does feel ugly.

10. “Trying to Breathe” by Off With Their Heads

Anxiety has the power to take our breath away, but not in that cutesy, “I’ve just fallen in love” type. Panic attacks and their symptoms are very real, even if the threat isn’t.

11. “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes opens up about his anxiety in this latest single. Hopelessness is a sucky symptom of mental illness, but it’s important to remember that there is always light at the other end of the tunnel.

12. “Migraine” by twenty one pilots

Sometimes it’s easier to talk about mental illness when you explain it as something physical. Our thoughts are sometimes so loud it’s like they’re pounding with pressure.

13. “Car Radio” by twenty one pilots

“Migraine” shows us what it’s like for our minds to be loud, but sometimes silence can be just as deafening. It’s okay to distract yourself with music or other activities, but never forget to set aside time to acknowledge how you’re feeling.

#music #therapy #SelfHealing

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