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6 Songs That Have Helped Me When Depression Is Too Much to Handle


I don’t know about you but I am a fan of just about every style of music. I am proud of being that person that knows every word to a song and every little thing about it. Because of that I decided to gather up six songs that have helped me when my depression is too much to handle.

Andy Grammer — “Keep Your Head Up”

I owe more to this song than words can say. It came out a months before I was diagnosed with depression. I never actually heard it until late 2011. Weeks after starting therapy nothing was really clicking. I was going to weekly counseling sessions because I had to but was not noticing any difference. After hearing just a portion of it in a commercial I added it to a Spotify playlist to listen to it sometime later. It suddenly began blasting through my headphones one day on my walk home and I caught myself saying, “You gotta keep your head up.” Those six words led me to start really making an effort in getting better.

Maino feat. T-Pain – “All The Above”

When I began to get better, this song became my anthem. There are two parts of it that really summarize how I feel after therapy begins to make sense and days begin to get brighter.

“Tell me what do you see,
When you looking at me,
On a mission to be
What I’m destined to be,
I’ve done been through the pain and the sorrow
The struggle is nothing but love”

“Its easy to hate,
It’s harder to love me
Y’all don’t understand,
Y’all quickly to judge me.
Put your foot in my Nike’s
Picture you livin’ in my life
Picture you stuck in a cell
Picture you wasting your life
Picture you facing a charge
Picture you beating the odds
Picture you willing to bleed
Picture you wearing the scars
Thank you for making me struggle
Thank you for making me grind
I perfected my hustle
Tell me the world ain’t mine
If you ain’t seein’ me lately
I’m a miracle baby
I refuse to lose”

Ingrid Michaelson – “Be OK”

“I just want to be OK today.
I just want to feel today.
I just want to know today, know that maybe I will be ok.”

I think these parts of the song speak for anyone going through depression. Every day is a battle. Nothing describes the battle better for me than this song.

Kendrick Lamar – “u”

This song is dark. For me though, it puts into words the internal conversations I sometime have with myself that I think you might have also. “Loving you is complicated.” Anyone going through depression understands that. Kendrick goes more in depth into the song here.

Jessie J – “Who You Are”

The chorus are words we all need to hear through the good times and the bad:

“Don’t lose who you are, in the blur of the stars
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,
It’s OK not to be OK
Sometimes it’s hard, to follow your heart
Tears don’t mean you’re losing, everybody’s bruising,
Just be true to who you are”

Jessie J – “Masterpiece”

This is another power anthem of mine that I pop on whenever I start having negative feelings about myself.

“I’m perfectly incomplete
I’m still working on my masterpiece”


6 Songs That Have Helped Me When Depression is Too Much to Handle

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