Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit is very open with mental health and his personal experiences. He revealed this part of his life in a 2012 cover story for Pitchfork, a PSA for Bring Change 2 Mind and more recently launching Wishart Group.
His latest move for de-stigmatizing mental health was on Tuesday afternoon when he live streamed his transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which is a treatment for depression.
While getting treatment, the doctor was playing his latest album Tremendous Sea of Love, and Angelakos was singing along while answering questions about the treatment and a recent episode he had been through. He discussed how after having a bipolar episode, you have to essentially retrain your brain into doing simple tasks such as sleeping and eating because it forgets how to.
“The whole point is like, everyone says, ‘Oh, I don’t want to show people what I do, I don’t want to talk about therapy.’ If we don’t talk about it, it’s quite literally why no one understands what we’re talking about. So, I don’t have anything to hide. I think this is an amazing treatment,” he explained to the viewers.
He even provided anecdotes on his music, describing “Somewhere Up There,” a song off TSOL, as a panic attack in three stages.
Many are afraid to share their struggles, and Angelakos’ efforts are refreshingly positive and genuine. It shows that it’s ok to get help and he’s normalizing talk around mental health, which is incredibly important.
Unfortunately, the video was taken down, but he did a post-TMS treatment video where he talked about the benefits he was feeling afterward.