Emo Culture: A Connection to Depression in Teenagers & More

Mental health issues aren’t rare in adolescents. Anxiety, self-harm, low self-esteem, and depression in teenagers are all very real issues among many. Especially a certain group of people: emos. According to a recent article by The Daily Dot, the mental illness and emo culture stigmas are keeping many emos from seeking real help for their issues.

Hating on emo culture

If you’ve ever listened to a popular emo band, you probably would describe it as angsty, sad, emotional, or something along the lines of those adjectives. People usually listen to music that speaks to them, makes sense to them, and identifies with them. If you follow this logic, then someone obsessed with “emo” music probably has some lurking issues. This could explain why emos are often associated with self-harm, loneliness, and depression. But instead of treating these signs as serious indicators of something like depression in teenagers, we deem it a “phase” and even hate on the whole emo culture itself.

There are blogs, websites, and pages dedicated to hating on emos. They often say things like, an emo is just “a middle class white kid with probably no other troubles in life other than the fact that mommy and daddy don’t pay enough attention to [him].” Emos are often bullied and made fun of for the type of makeup and clothing they wear. This type of stigma, hate, and negativity being thrown onto a whole group of people can only worsen these issues, like depression in teenagers.

Worsening mental health issues

Kids that turn to emo culture are often looking for a place to fit in and the emo culture seems to be quite accepting to them. One can argue that emo culture promotes self-harm–I won’t argue with that. But hating on them will not help the issue or cause them to seek guidance for these serious issues. Ignoring it certainly won’t do a thing.

Instead of treating emos as “self-indulgent narcissists begging for people to pity them,” I propose we treat emo culture as something that can alert others to whether someone is struggling. I propose we treat it as something that can be a real warning sign of depression in teenagers and other issues. For parents who have an “emo” child, I would advise you to ask your child about emo culture. Ask them why they’re interested. Don’t judge. Stay open to their opinion. This will not only bring you closer to them, but it will give you insight into how they’re truly feeling and whether joining emo culture is a warning sign or not.

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