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Sabrina Benaim – “Explaining My Depression to My Mother”



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  1. “The hollow auditorium of my chest swoons with the echoes of a heartbeat, but I am a careless tourist here”.

    I gasped when I heard that. So relatable. This is such a beautiful poem.

  2. This girl is so strong. She is standing in front of thousands of people talking about anxiety and depression… it even seemed like she was having a panic attack while doing this and she still keeps going. I can not but into words how powerful this is to me. This video gives me so much hope and lets me know there are others who feel the way I do. I respect her so much , not only for the fact she is able to make it through all this but for the message she gives to others. My love goes out to her❤️
    (Sorry I went on a rant)

  3. i keep coming back to this video. its beautifully done and hits deep. i was in a very dark place close to two years ago now, i had a plan, i had the materials, and i thought i was ready for the end. my mother didnt understand my fragile state and i had no hope. my girlfriend was emotionally and verbally abusive, and would scream and throw things when she was angry. she punched the wall next to my head and i thought it was my fault. my father was protective but blunt. he would hug me then directly demand to see the scars on my body. i thought nothing would change. ive made changes and gotten help. i escaped the toxic relationship and put effort into explaining what i needed and why with the help of a professional/professional diagnosis. now i am living. i love my family. the friends that didnt side with my ex are the most amazing people i know. im damaged but working hard on healing. i have bad days, im still breakable, and nothings too stable yet, but i feel hope. hope is the only thing that has ever been able to keep me moving. hope to be better, hope to feel better, hope to live better. a temporary small hope was what saved my life. i guess i just needed to let this out into the world, but things do get better if you find what you really have been needing. its okay to mess up, its okay to take a step or two backwards when you fall down. just keep hoping and looking to where you want to go. your feet will follow soon, i swear. we got this.

  4. This girl has just said everything that we aren’t even willing to risk whispering….

  5. The first time I watched this I was 14. I was in a rough place. And this video really spoke to me. There are so many times I’ve come back and watched it again. I’m 18 now and recently I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Every time I watch this there’s something new that I latch on to. Four years ago the comparison of depression to a bear meant little to me. But now I can’t get it out of my head. There is nothing better to describe what’s going on in my head. Conveying my thoughts, however compulsive and pressing they are, is something I struggle with constantly and this makes me feel a bit more validated.

  6. perpetual chill that's pure beauty and art

  7. i am thinking about sending this to my mom on messenger during school because she doesn't understand.

  8. Maybe she can slow down and not sound so dramatic? I get it tho it's the way you poet's like it but it just seems annoying her getting loud and stuff

  9. I told myself I wouldn’t cry this time…oops

  10. "It's just not that much fun having fun when you don't want to have fun"

  11. This always gets me. It's honestly the most relatable thing i've ever seen.

  12. I have no one in reality so I watch comments hoping to find someone to text on snapchat. That's fucking stupid 🙁

  13. I am literally blown away by this young woman..the way she talks….her body movements! I feel I am her Mother and I am finally hearing her and understanding her!!!!!

  14. My depression always drags me back to my bed

  15. Never thought I would relate to this. But here I am, 4 years later. Looking it up because it's the only way to describe my depression.

  16. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

  17. what if you want to die, but you're afraid of dying?

  18. Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favour fire but if I had to perish twice I think I know enough of hate to know that for destruction ice is also great and would suffice.

  19. Aliens are watching this saying " that's why we don't go down to earth"

  20. Guys i have to make a poem for my class and i want your opinions 🙂

    Im Not Perfect

    I wake up

    I get dressed

    I look at myself

    I feel disgusted with what I see

    i have these thoughts

    These thoughts putting me down

    Like an anvil falling from a cliff

    Getting ready to hit someone

    With negativity

    I seem like I’m confident

    While having the thoughts

    I'm not pretty enough
    I'm not thick enough
    I'm not tall enough.
    I'm not likable enough
    I'm not good at most things
    Everyone hates me
    I can't do anything right

    Even when i have people telling me I’m perfect

    My brain is telling me that they are only saying that

    Saying that because they feel bad for me

    My thoughts are a highway with many accidents

    When I try to tell myself i am the opposite of those things they crash like a car

    Into a wall of bricks, these wall of bricks are the the negative

    Blocking out my positive, because society want me to be perfect

    But the harder i try to be perfect

    It crashes down like a plane in an ocean

    And all the people who are drowning in the negative

    Cannot get back up

    Because they are to deep in the ocean to swim for air

    IM NOT PERFECT

    Even when i try and I try and I try

    I FAIL

    Because I’m not perfect

  21. “Flat out asks me if I am afraid of dying..No I am afraid of living” wow

  22. Amen girl. This describes me so much

  23. Is she having an anxiety attack while speaking?

  24. The amazing poems I have heard

  25. Speechless. Beautifully wrote. Just beautiful

  26. I cried watching this. No one has ever described depression better.

  27. "My depression always leads me back to my bed" people dont understand when we say we are "tired" this is what we mean

  28. My younger sister shared this with me. We are both in this same ocean.

  29. No one has to live with depression.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I have discovered a soul cleaning techniques, which can reduce your depression by 30-90%. The technique is FREE and it will only take 2 minutes of your time.

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