ASMRtists Share Their Mental Health Stories
ASMR & Mental Health

According to the mental health charity Mind, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. That’s a lot of people and that’s just in the UK.

Here at The ASMR Collective, we know that many people take refuge in ASMR videos when suffering from ill mental health, due to ASMR’s calming and nurturing effect.

We know that many people suffering from ill mental health reach out to ASMRtists to thank them for helping them through difficult times.

Asking for support can be extremely scary for some people suffering from ill mental health, that’s why it is important to continue the conversation to let you know that it’s a sign of strength to say ‘I’m not okay’.

Cue the It’s Okay campaign.

The It’s Okay campaign highlights ASMRtists amazing work on ending the mental health stigma.

We keep the conversation going to encourage you to openly speak about your experiences.

 

The It’s Okay campaign lets you know that it’s okay to say you’re not okay.

Please note, ASMR is not professional therapy. If you’re suffering from ill mental health, always seek professional help by speaking to your doctor. More information can be found on the NHS website.

DEPRESSION

Depression is more than just sadness.  It is where the world becomes less bright, you have less energy and you feel low.  Depression is characterised by these feelings lasting for a long time. Everybody has dips in mood but depression is a persistent dip.  It affects your motivation and the amount of pleasure you can feel.

 

At its most extreme, life can become unbearable.

 

Depression can cause the following:

 

  • Low interest in your own life

  • Weight change (gain or loss)

  • Sleeping problems or feeling tired

  • Feeling worthless or guilty

  • Indecision and difficulty concentrating

  • Suicidal thoughts 

Unfortunately, we still do not fully understand what causes depression. Triggers can vary from: genetics; physical injury; life-changing events such as having a baby or losing a job; traumatic childhood experiences and suffering from a long-lasting medical condition.

It is important to remember that depression has different levels. It can be mild, moderate or severe. Some particular forms of depression are...

  • Major depressive disorder, where you feel depressed more often than not
     

  • Persistent depressive disorder, where depression lasts for two years or sometimes longer, It can be either low-grade dysthymia or chronic major depression
     

  • Bipolar disorder, where your mood swings between ‘manic’ (up) and ‘depressive’ (down) phases. The depressive phases are similar to major depression
     

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), where the darkness of Winter triggers a major depressive period
     

  • Psychotic depression, where major depression symptoms meet hallucinations and delusions
     

  • Postpartum depression, where, generally, women experience major depression following childbirth.

 

Treatment comes in a variety of forms. At milder levels, depression can be lessened by exercise, self-help and mental health apps. It can also be improved by a change of diet. At higher levels, depression needs professional treatment.

Talking therapy is a common treatment, counselling sessions help people to understand and explore their condition and provides them with the tools in order to manage it. 

 

Group therapy is also an option which enables people to talk through their problems with others going through the same situation. Talking therapy helps people with all levels of depression but people with moderate to severe depression may require more treatment such as medication.

Antidepressants can be prescribed if the above treatments do not help. Antidepressants increase the level of serotonin and other chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, but they should be carefully considered and taken with caution as they are known for their side effects.

If you are in need of emotional support, call the Samaritans on 116 123 (UK).

 

If you think you may have depression, you should contact your GP. 

For more information please visit the NHS website.

Know that you are not alone, and It's Okay to say you're not okay. 

A huge thanks to Queen of Serene ASMR, MinxLaura 123, ASMR with Allie and Fairy Blossom