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BTS had an interview where they were asked many questions. However as a person who deals with Major Depression and as a mental health clinical therapist the section where they speak about depression and anxiety stood out to me.
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Portion from Interview about depression and anxiety
Q. From your debut in 2013, you confronted the dreams and reality of boys and youths. In Suga’s mixtape ‘The Last’, you revealed your inside that contained the gap between dreams and reality as a trainee dreaming to become an idol star, depression, and compulsion. Looking back on your past as trainees, how do you think you overcame the energy of anxiety and where do you think you are on the path to your dream? Suga: Anxiety and loneliness seem to be with me for life. I put a lot of meaning on how I would work it out, but it seems like I have to study it for my entire like. Emotions are so different in every situation and every moment, so I think to agonize every moment is what life is. By the lyrics, I wanted to tell people ‘I am anxious, so are you, so let’s find the way and study the way together.’ There was never a moment when I didn’t have dream. And I fulfilled all of my dreams. I wanted to debut and become a singer doing my music as a trainee, I wanted to win a #1 after debuting, I wanted win a Daesang and go to Japan and America after winning a #1. Billboard and the AMAs were actually unimaginable, but they happened. Now I don’t feel like I’m running for a specific dream, but these days I started to think values and happiness as a person are important. So now, it’s a long way to go until I reach those. I’ve achieved a lot as a singer, but last year was a turning point. I’m only 26 years old. I’ve been doing music for 10 years, but I’ll do it longer. I really have a lot of thoughts to myself in this beginning of the year. RM: Humans seem to be programmed to think of ambivalent feelings at the same time. That is the driving force behind human beings to be the warrant of all things and to control other worlds. It is in our genes that we think of breaking up when we love and of failure and fall when we succeed. My view is similar to Suga hyung’s, but anxiety is like a shadow. To talk about my personal case, my father developed a ringing in his ears (tinnitus) working for 25 years. He said that he wouldn’t feel any symptom when he was concentrating on something or doing something that he enjoyed. But the symptom would hinder his daily life when he was getting stressed or facing depressive situations. Anxiety, which turns into buzzing in the ears to someone, is like a shadow to me. It grows when my height grows, and it grows more at night. So I wouldn’t say that I am overcoming the ambivalent feelings on the other side of my mind, but it seems that every human being needs a resting place because he or she has to go with the inevitable solitude or darkness. The only resting place for me was music in the past, and luckily I chose it. I met good friends and succeed in my career and economically. So now, rather to become friends with the anxiety, I constructed many resting places such as collecting figures, buying clothes that I like, and going to random places and seeing how people live. I take a bus, get off at an unknown town, and realize that I’m not far from the world. It helps shorten the distance between me and the world. Then my anxiety gets dispersed. Q. Still, looking at the lyrics that carry your experiences, it seems like you had difficult times in the last 5 years. Jin: I tend to avoid such moments and try to live a different life by playing games. When I play games, I live with a completely different personality. I recently restarted gaming and came across my friends whom I met when playing the game 10 years ago. Of course, they are cyber-friends who I’ve never actually met. But it was nice to see them again. It reminded me of my childhood memories. Jimin: Maybe now is the loneliest and most exhausting time. We've always said that we were happy. But I felt lonely realizing that there is no one to understand me when a hard time comes. It was just a while ago, but I listened to our songs and watched our live performance videos. I felt a little bit better.
This proves as I always say when I'm doing therapy with my clients is that mental health does not discriminate it can cling on to whoever! However, you can manage your life so that it does not consume your life. It is possible to develop positive coping skills while acknowledging that depression and or anxiety still is there.
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