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In an article in the Star-Telegram, Diane Smith writes about Layne Lynch who sat at her piano inspired by a feeling until a tune emerged. This was followed by the lyrics. She tried to find words to tell why she acts the way she does. No limitations, but she felt restricted. ‘All those thoughts in my head collide’ sang Lynch, a 17-year-old senior at Colleyville Heritage High School in the United States.
This song is asking teenagers to be understanding of classmates, friends as well as siblings struggling tith mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as well as bipolar disordr. It was inspired by a family member’s experiene with a mood disorder. Lynch said; ‘It’s so cool to see people realize that it is okay to go get help.’ The song is part of Friendships count, a new anti-stigma campaign produced by Mental Health Connection and Community Solutions of Fort Worth.
Defining mental disorders and how they affect teens can help reduce te stigma associated with illnesses. An adolescent alone can make you feel like; ‘No one understands me.’
Even though people are more comfortable discussing mental disorders today, there are still many who don’t understand why the words weird, crazy or unstable are negative labels.
A little understanding and support from a friend can make life a lot easier for these people.