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14 Songs for When Depression Makes You Feel Alone

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If you experience suicidal thoughts, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

One of the hardest parts of my depression and anxiety is trying to get other people to understand how I feel or why I feel the way I do.

Many people can’t grasp certain things without having experienced them. Most people don’t understand why I get anxious for no reason, or why I have suicidal thoughts, or why I can’t always get myself out of bed easily. This lack of understanding leaves me with one overwhelming feeling and daunting thought: I am alone. This is why I turn to music, I turn to beautiful rhythmic poetry, because even just for a few minutes, I don’t feel so alone in my mental illness. For a few minutes I know there is someone else out there who feels exactly as I do — they’re just able to express it a little clearer than I can.

For those who experience this as well, here are 14 songs I turn to when I feel alone in the pit of my depression.

1. “I Can’t Breathe” by Bea Miller

2. “The Funeral” by Band of Horses

3. “Asleep” by The Smiths

4. “Friend, Please” by Twenty-One Pilots

5. “Easier” by Mansionair

6. “Smother” by Daughter

7. “Ghost Town” by Passenger

8. “Agoraphobia” by Autoheart

9. “My Blood” by Twenty One Pilots

10. “Too Bright” by Perfume Genius

11. “Painkillers” by Rainbow Kitten Surprise

12. “Survivors” by Passenger

The last two are not technically songs — they are spoken word, audio poetry or whatever you want to call it. They are absolutely beautiful and really hit home for me.

13. “Anxiety” by Levi the Poet

14. “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan

I hope these songs give you a sense of comfort and belonging as they do for me. I hope and pray these can get you through whatever darkness you’re enduring. You are never alone.

Photo by Alice Moore on Unsplash

Originally published: December 5, 2018
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