Anxiety disorders, whether they be phobias, social anxiety or even obsessive compulsive disorder affect 40 million Americans above 18, about 18.1 percent of the population. They’re common in all types of people, everyone from a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder to an individual who is afraid of flying. In its many forms, anxiety can affect many different people in a multitude of different ways. One group that anxiety is all too familiar with are musical artists. Anyone could look at the many examples of mental illness in music and recently, one artist is directly speaking about her experiences with anxiety and the various anti-anxiety medications on the market.

 

(The Odyssey Online)

Elohim, an electro-pop artist from The City of Angels, recently released a song on her self-titled album, “Elohim,” that spoke in great detail on her frequent issues with anxiety and how the disorder itself feels to one suffering from it. Entitled “Xanax,” after the popular medicine taken for panic attacks, one can hear from the initial first listening about the vivid and descriptive references to suffering with the mental disorder.

I woke up to a heart attack/ No I’m just being dramatic/ It’s this massive panic/ That’s fueling my heart rate/ It’s racing and I’m manic.”

 

From the first set of lyrics, Elohim goes straight into almost sensory details on her suffering from anxiety. She accurately describes the racing thoughts and heart rate that are often symptoms of many anxiety.

 

Elohim then informs the listener about the many situations where anxiety could occur to someone suffering from the many types of the disorder.

“Have you ever had the feeling/ When you just don’t wanna breathe / And you can’t stand up without leaning/ And there’s nothing to believe in. Have you ever walked outside/ And felt like you might throw up/ Right beside your car/ Before you even get inside”

 

All of those situations, everything from vomiting from panic or inability to stand without assistance, are just a few of the many symptoms and inconveniences associated with anxiety.

 

A horrifying but all too real aspect of the song is the simple yet powerful five-word chorus that very well could describe anxiety as a whole, chanted numerous times on repeat.

Every day of my life.”

 

What’s arguably the most frightening are Elohim’s descriptions of how, as she puts it, “synthetic medicine” made her feel. She tells the listener that she doesn’t have a desire to be “dependent on synthetic medicine” then informs the listener about the realistic ways those medicines made her act. The frankly disheartening descriptions of anti-anxiety medications keeping her “calm enough to sleep/ But kills me softly when I’m weak.” shows a personal insight on how pharmaceutical medicines could make someone, in this case herself, feel as an effect.

 

While other songs on her album discuss other themes such as love and hatred towards someone, no other song discusses the all too true feelings of anxiety, the various sleeping issues and the many ways one tries to treat their anxiety than “Xanax” does.

 

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