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Demi Lovato Shows Us All That Mental Health Is An Ongoing Struggle

Mental health is a rollercoaster, and getting help is only a part of recovery.

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From watching her on Disney Channel to memorizing the lyrics to all her songs, I've always been a huge fan of Demi Lovato. Of course, I had no idea the magnitude of the struggles she was facing yet she also was the role model I needed growing up.

Around the time after she got out of rehab in 2011, I was beginning to go see a therapist for my own depression and mental health issues. I've always admired how open she was about her struggles, and it did eventually encourage me to speak more about mine. Her song "Skyscraper" became my own personal anthem in my own time of need.

Demi continued to share her story with mental health illnesses and addiction as she gained her sobriety. If you haven't seen any of her documentaries, I really do suggest sitting down and watching them because they are so inspirational. Demi does not shy away from the fact she did struggle in the beginning and she was secretly using, even when she was on X Factor USA as a judge in 2012. The singer does not shy away from the fact her sobriety has been an uphill battle.

This year, she celebrated six years sober while on tour. I've always been amazed how despite what she is facing, she has been a voice for our generation to speak about mental health. I really do believe Demi Lovato is a driving force reducing the stigma that comes with mental health. These stigmas include assuming someone is crazy for going to see a therapist and causing that person who is truly suffering to refuse treatment because of the shame those who do not understand have placed on them. Demi has gone to Washington DC to speak to Congress about mental health reform and why there needs to be more aid for mental health patients.

However, things lately have not been on the bright side for the singer. Last month, Demi Lovato did release a new single, "Sober," which indicated she did relapse. The world gathered around and showed support for the singer, especially in a time when two other big-name celebrities took their lives.

Unfortunately, on Tuesday, July 24, Demi Lovato was rushed to a hospital for an apparent overdose an apparent overdose. Since then, it has been reported she is in stable conditions and among families as fans and other celebrities around the world sent their condolences via Twitter. It breaks my heart knowing she had come such a long way in terms of her recovery, but I'm not mad at her for what happened.

If anything, Demi Lovato's relapse shows all of us mental health is an ongoing struggle. We may think those, who are on medication or are in rehab, are magically healed because they are seeking professional help. That is not the case. Especially with celebrities, their lives might be exposed to all of us, but we are still not getting the full picture. I think that shows us how important it is to check up on those who seem to be strong. Everyone is vulnerable to depression and Demi Lovato showed that.

Yes, she did admit she had problems in the past but she was getting stronger. Those close to her have reported to TMZ that apparently she was pushing people away and closing herself off to everyone. She was spiraling and maybe it was a cry for help, who knows honestly. For all we know, Demi was struggling with her mental health for a long time but just reached a breaking point that literally caused her to break the 12-step recovery process.

It just goes to show how we all have to look out for one another. It is never healthy to keep things that are bothering us suppressed, so more stress can keep adding onto whatever problem you are facing just keeps building and building until we all break. Mental health is a rollercoaster, and getting help is only part of the recovery.

Speaking from someone who has depression, there are days where I feel like I am at an all time high but there are some days I want to just become invisible. My anxiety has a tendency to become stronger when I am just sitting around and doing nothing. I am working at ways to gain better coping mechanisms. I am constantly growing, facing new problems that test me, and slowly overcoming them.

I think that's where Demi Lovato's mental state is currently. I do believe she is going to go back to rehab to become stronger and continue being an advocate and role model because she always has shown the true side of mental health issues.

So Demi Lovato, from all your lovatics, we're not mad. We just want you to be healthy and okay again. Please do not feel like you've let us down because we understand mental health is never perfect. We all slip up now and then, but we are all here to support you the best we can.

If you or someone else you know may be struggling, do not be afraid to approach them about it. It is worth more getting that person mad when you confront them rather than losing them to their disease.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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You Can Get In 'Bad Moods' And Still Be A Positive Person

No, it's not contradictory. It's the truth.

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For 10 straight years of my life, starting in eighth grade, I was definitely not considered a happy-go-lucky girl. I was consistently at a comfortable level of happiness, sure, but was I jumping for joy for every part of my day without a complaint? Hell no, I had something to say about nearly everything with my eyes practically rolling out of my skull. Now? I am that happy presence in the room, and I have fallen in love with my new self. Is that weird? Maybe. Is it something so simple that absolutely anyone can achieve it? Absofuckinglutely.

What am I like now? Let me break it down for you, and then I want you to try to say that you have no interest in being this way in your own life, too. These are some of the smallest, yet miraculous changes I have ever applied to my life. My normally structured everyday life, my routines and my habits (good and bad).

Some of the easiest parts of your life are the hardest to break. If you understand that sentence to the depth that I'm trying to convey it, then your life is about to change.

I get up the first time I hear my alarm, every morning. I haven't pressed "snooze" in about six months. I get up at 5:02 am every single day, do you know how hard that is?! But do you know it's the easiest way to make for better days? Start your days better, and you'll see better days.

Get excited to light that morning candle because it's still dark out. A new outfit combination to keep things interesting, and feeling that hot water wake you up and release any tension in your body and bones from the night before. It's a new day, and it's up to you to make it a damn good one.

Right there, you're thinking "I can't be a positive person because sometimes I don't have a good day." Ummm, what? Robot? Is that you?

We all have bad days. Complete dog shit days, actually. Just because we are in the process or are these "newly born positive hippie fairy people", does not mean we can control the universe and what it does to us. The world will break your heart six times by Sunday and that's a damn fact. However, you can fall in love with seven of those days. Stay a step ahead of yourself. You won't regret it.

How do you handle the bad days? Simplicity here too.

Work on what you say and how you say it. I say hello to anyone I make eye contact with. Do you know how many people I pass running through meetings and a high school all day long? That's a lot of smiles. And when it comes to conversations, I never end one sentence on a negative note. Even when I'm complaining, I make sure to find a silver lining, regardless of its size, to end my sentence.

Find that little glimmer of hope and positivity, no matter how stereotypical it seems, and emphasize on it.

Make sure you complete that sentence.

Make sure people hear you.

And yes, sometimes things just really are that bad, and you can't find a good in why something happened when it did, the way it did, or why you're feeling the way you do about it. Guess what? Not an excuse. You can still find hope, but only if you're looking. "Hey, that was so shitty and I am taking it so hard and I really hate everything right now, but it could've been worse, and at least I never have to live today again."

Easy as Sunday morning, right?

You don't have to "STAY POSITIVE" to be a positive person. You just have to promise to always try your best to stay positive. That's literally all it takes. That's it.

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