Personal Stories

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My Depression Does Not Define Me

I know I will always be a person living with depression, but more importantly, I am Lauren. 

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A Life Story

For me, my meds serve to raise the bottom of the pool so I can touch my toes and not drown. They allow me to use my coping skills to live with this disorder.

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My Depression in My Life

I am the author of my own life and I choose to put a semicolon instead of a period at every point that my depression tells me otherwise.

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My Bipolar Disorder Story

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder by four psychiatrists in college. My thoughts slowed, I could finally sleep, the depression kind of lifted.

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Better Days

The adults in your life say that it’s just a phase all teenagers go through, but you know that it’s not a phase. It’s something that isn’t “normal.”

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Courage

Today, I choose to live with courage. I choose to not allow my PTSD to dictate my every move and reaction anymore.

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My Journey Through an Eating Disorder

Today I am working harder on my recovery than I ever have in the past. I have an amazing treatment team and a support system that I will forever be grateful for.

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Self-Harm Struggle

I can see the expression on people’s faces when they see scars on my arms—the clearly self-inflicted scars. There is a moment of shock, then immediately they look away.

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Sierra's Story

I haven’t cut myself in two years and a month. I’ve gotten a handle on my self-medicating. Was it easy to get to this point? I’d be lying if I said yes. Mental illness is not easy.

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Corinne's Story

I am still learning. I still have my bad days. These conditions are a part of me and I have to live with that, but I don’t have to let them cripple my success. 

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