Rise Above | Mental Health Awareness

Updated: Feb 21, 2019


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RISE ABOVE - © 2016 by Clarissa Allred

Words, music, & video produced by Clarissa Allred Accompaniment & arrangement- Brandon Southwick Audio engineer- Jacob Southwick


It is often difficult to express how I feel into words; to know what to say in my everyday interaction with others. That’s one of the reasons why I love the arts so much.


“When words fail, music speaks"


So I will sing. I’ll write a poem and dance my feelings out. And I will act. Sometimes we are unaware of the fact that so many of us, including myself, put on a show. Not that we’re trying to deceive per se, but we are hiding the hurt. The world might see a comedy or musical, but inside, a tragedy might be written. It can be so easy to judge others and feel jealous as we compare our weaknesses to others’ highlight reels—to what is only seen on the surface. But we forget that everyone is fighting a hidden battle. We all have our own personal struggles. And I think, being a little more kind, understanding, and sensitive to what others’ are going through, will go a long way. Less comparing and more compassion.


Well, I’ve decided that I am done hiding.


No more façade that everything is okay. Conforming to the social norm is just plain exhausting. Playing the role that you believe others expect from you, hoping to not “get figured out”—that you are actually a very anxious, self-conscious person with a low self-esteem—only adds to the anxiety.


In general, I know that I am beyond blessed to have such amazing family who love me; to have my faith and know my purpose in life; to have so many comforts and freedoms. There is a lot to be grateful for. But sometimes, being happy is easier said than done.


I have struggled with chronic depression and anxiety most of my life, but about 7 years ago, it became worse and I finally decided to get professional help. And I’m very thankful that I did. Besides Major Depression and Generalized & Social Anxiety, I recently ended up discovering that I have ADHD-Predominantly Inattentive Type and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder as well. I was diagnosed at age 25.


As I look back on my life, it all makes sense to me now. There have been so many little things through the years that I figured were just apart of my personality—quirks, or even negative traits. And I would get down on myself, thinking, “what’s wrong with me?” This has affected my self-esteem for so long. Now I know my brain is literally wired differently.


I have become stronger because of my trials. I now have greater empathy and understanding for others who have similar difficulties. My hope is to spread awareness; to inspire and uplift others, primarily through music.


If you are struggling emotionally or spiritually, or in any other way—you are not alone and you are stronger than you know. Please seek professional help. Surround yourself with people that care and support you. And choose to stay. Your life matters.


I am so thankful for the power of prayer and for the atonement of Jesus Christ. He suffered not only for our sins, but for all our pain and sorrows. He understands what we’re going through. My faith has helped me to keep things in perspective and I'm so thankful for God's guidance, comfort, and all that He has blessed me with in my life.


October 7-13th is “Mental Health Awareness Week,” with October 10th being “World Mental Health Day.” October is also “ADHD Awareness Month.” There are a lot of misconceptions out there; let’s stop the stigma. It's okay to not be okay.

Please take the time to listen and share this song I wrote, titled, “Rise Above.” Thank you to all those who helped me with this project (Sarah Southwick, Nick & Ana Gines, Nathan Brown). And many thanks to my wonderful family and friends for your love and support.


Like my music page - www.facebook.com/ClarissaAllredMusic





Check out some other articles I wrote about mental health:


"Inside My Mind" (about ADHD)

"6 Things I Wish People Knew About My ADHD"

"What Anxiety Feels Like"


I also recommend reading this book that has helped me, "On the Bright Side: Feeling Good When Things Seem Bad" (particularly for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).




RISE ABOVE


Tears fall like rain

Trapped in this dark hole again

Stuck in the quick sand

I have no will to stand

I cannot move

I'm losing traction

Give me distraction

What should I do?


Cars racing in my head

Such heavy traffic

There is no end

Floating, fading

Anticipating

Cluttered with debris

Is anyone there

I'm gasping for air

Oh I can't breathe


But I fight and I try to hang on

To withstand the winds that are oh so strong

This is my song


Never give up, never give in

Block out the noise that hungers to win

That says you're not good enough

But you will rise above

Oh, you will rise above


I see it in black and white

It's gotta be just right

But everything changes

Don't know what time is

Thoughts wash away

I have no motivation

Help me with this frustration

I kneel down to pray


So I fight and I try to hang on

To withstand the winds that are oh so strong

This is our song


Never give up, never give in

Block out the noise that hungers to win

That says you're not good enough

But you will rise above

You are loved



You are brave

You are bright

You are beautiful

You belong

Just believe

I know it's difficult

But you're a miracle


One step at a time

I'm ready to climb


Never give up, never give in

Block out the noise that hungers to win

That says you're not good enough

But you will rise above


Never give up, never give in

Block out the noise that hungers to win

That says you're not good enough

But you will rise above

Oh, you will rise above


You are not alone

Just rise above


#riseabove #mentalhealthawarenessweek #worldmentalhealthday

#adhdawarenessmonth #stopthestigma #nevergiveup #depression #anxiety #adhd #ocd




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