“Explaining My Depression to My Mother: A Conversation” by Sabrina Benaim

Sabrina Benaim recited her heartbreaking poem “Explaining My Depression to My Mother: A Conversation” at the semis during the 2014 National Poetry Slam. In the poem, she explores the generational gap between herself and her mother and how each side views mental illness. Her well-meaning but clueless mother often doesn’t understand how one day her daughter’s depression could be the size of a pin prick and other days threatens to swallow her whole. With raw emotions and frantic words, Benaim destroys her mother’s ignorant advice that “being happy is a choice” and rips out her soul for all to see in hopes the audience may better understand what life is actually like for those who suffer from a mental illness. Thanks to her brutal poem, Benaim shines a light into the dark recesses of a mind that is constantly grappling with depression and anxiety in the hopes of eradicating the notion that you can fix mental illness by “just trying to be happy.”

Recommended by

Posted in: Video
Tweet This ♥ this

Leave a reply