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Forward Recovery psychologist lauds singer's efforts to improve mental health

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LOS ANGELES - May 16, 2019 - eTradeWire -- Justin Bieber doesn't want to party, he wants to deal with his issues, and Dr. Renee Solomon of Los Angeles drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation center Forward Recovery applauds him.

Bieber, 25, has recently talked a lot about his battles with anxiety, both in song and on social media. This month, he and Ed Sheeran released a new single "I Don't Care," that denounces parties as pits of discomfort.

Sheeran sings, "I'm at a party I don't wanna be at/and I don't ever wear a suit and tie, yeah/Wonderin' if I could sneak out the back."

Bieber later adds, "Don't think we fit in at this party/Everyone's got so much to say, oh yeah, yeah … With all these people all around/I'm crippled with anxiety/But I'm told it's where we're s'posed to be."

Meanwhile, Bieber has described his struggles more than once on Instagram. In a long post May 2, he wrote that he hadn't believed he was loved and that he had "wallowed in shame and sadness" about the people he thought betrayed him. He urged fans who were suffering with their own issues to push through.

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"Don't stop fighting … Fight for what you love and who you love don't let fear and anxiety win," he wrote.

In an equally lengthy March 27 Instagram post, Bieber said he would step away from music for a while to address his mental health as he begins his marriage to model Hailey Baldwin.

"I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don't fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be," he wrote on Instagram. "Music is very important to me but nothing comes before my family and my health."

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Dr. Solomon, Forward Recovery's CEO, said Bieber's song and posts remind his fans that anxiety and depression are real and deserve expression.

"It is helpful to see celebrities like Justin Bieber come forth and discuss their struggles," she said this month. "It can help encourage other people to get help and see that they are not alone."

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Dr. Solomon said people who struggle with anxiety and depression may use drugs or alcohol to cope with their feelings. But, she added, people who are properly medicated and who learn healthy coping strategies won't need self-selected chemical escapes.

"Find an outlet to discuss your feelings," Dr. Solomon urged. "Meet with a mental health professional to learn coping strategies and see if medication is necessary. Participate in activities that excite you. Look for and pursue your passion and what makes you feel connected.

"We all need to feel like we have a purpose and feel connected to other people."

To learn more about Forward Recovery's addiction and drug detox programs, visit https://forwardrecovery.com/.

Ruth Furman

Source: Forward Recovery
Filed Under: Health, Mental Health

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