Aimee Interrupter, singer for California-based Ska-Punk band The Interrupters, recently gave us some candid advice about finding the time and new ways to work on our own mental health needs, while opening up honestly about some of her personal struggles.
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"It's so important to stay on top of," says Aimee, "and I'm constantly looking for new ways to improve." The Interrupters singer adds, "Mental health has been something that I've struggled with literally my whole life. I've struggled with anxiety, depression, trichotillomania, PTSD... so I've spent a really long time in my life searching for the answer, searching for a way to find some solace, some peace."
"One of the things I do that helps me maintain," Aimee offers, "is writing. I have a lot of things in my head, and If I write them on a page sometimes that just unburdens me and I carry a lighter load... I write poetry from that, and then poems become songs, and the songs I can share with you. That really helps -- song therapy, music therapy -- and listening to music as well is very healing."
Speaking of specific therapies that she has tried with positive results, Aimee shared that she recently underwent transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy for her depression, a process where magnetic pulses are delivered to stimulate parts of the brain controlling mood. "That really, really helped me," she reveals. "I also did this therapy called EMDR [eye movement desensitization and reprocessing] therapy, which is trauma-based therapy... also really helpful," she admits. "I'm always looking for new things, I'm always growing, always progressing... I'm always trying to be my best self and to maintain mental health. It's so important."
Throughout the month of May, Mental Health Awareness Month, Audacy will highlight some of our past heart-to-heart talks, in an effort to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding struggles with mental health and addiction.
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