Call Me Karizma is a 23-year-old Minneapolis, Minnesota-born alt artist who is currently enjoying some massive success. His full-length debut, Uninvited (2016), reached the Top 10 of the iTunes Alternative Chart and featured the hit song “F U TILL I FU” which has had over 10 million streams on Spotify. Recently, he has been busy writing and recording his three-EP series The Gloomy Tapes, with the second volume due out in February.

Despite the recent hype and success, though, it hasn’t always been easy for Call Me Karizma. He has had to deal with a lot of heavy emotional pain in his life, which, in turn, has helped his music connect with so many people around the world. In this special guest blog, Call Me Karizma forgets about music for a moment to reflect on his lifelong struggles with mental health and how he copes with life on a day-to-day basis.

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“Mental health has always been a consistent struggle in my life. I remember starting in fifth grade I felt sick every night when I went to bed and every morning before I got to school. I thought I was sick and that I would never get better. Explaining it to my parents was nearly impossible so I didn’t tell anyone for years. In high school, my anxiety started to really take a toll on not only my mental but physical health. I started getting dizzy spells and finding it hard to breathe. I was convinced I was dying and I had brain cancer.

When I tried to tell my parents they didn’t really understand what I was feeling. I felt like I had no one to talk to or any way to get rid of the sick feelings I kept having. I went to my doctor and was told I had Generalized Anxiety Disorder and that my brain wasn’t creating serotonin, which is why I felt this way. I’ve been on medication for years now and it seems to help, but every so often I will have an anxiety attack. Luckily I have learned to deal with these episodes and somewhat control myself from completely breaking down, but I know what it feels like to have no one to go to for help.

My one true goal in life is to be able to help young people who feel like they have no one to turn to when life gets dark. I hope my music and message can translate into healing and give anyone listening hope to carry on. Some days might be bad, but life can be good. It’s okay to be sad but it isn’t okay to give up.

Love y’all. Gloomy Cult forever.”

Are you a “Rock Star”? Well, you will be for watching this video from the album of the same name.