Hi! For the release of my new song "Out of Commission," I'm raising funds for the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD), a cause deeply important to me and my music...
This song is about mental health, specifically my struggles with cyclical anxiety and depression that take me out of commission in the week leading up to my period each month.
When I first got my period as a teen, my life changed drastically. I remember my little sister asking for her sister back. This cyclical change occurred for years without any awareness that it was happening. It wasn't until I had to withdraw from college at 21 for severe anxiety and depression (that would come and go) that I got diagnosed with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).
After my diagnosis, IAPMD was there with information and support when I was feeling so lost and alone. They helped me make sense of it all and find ways to move forward and heal.
Now I've realized that as an artist, my deepest inspiration comes during PMDD 'hell week.' It is in that time, where I feel so disconnected from myself and the world, that I can channel my suffering into songs. I feel so lucky for the gift of songwriting and don't know how I would get through the depths of PMDD without it.
Thank you for listening and I hope you'll join me in supporting IAPMD today and the brave warriors living with PMDD, including this one. ♥
To learn more, visit iapmd.org.