Personal Stories

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Rock Bottom: The Lessons I Learned and the Promise I Made

I learned that in order for me to keep moving forward I have to use my experiences to help others. I need to share my story and let others know they are not alone.

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Follow the White Rabbit: The Dark Hole of Bipolar Disorder

Depression doesn’t hit me all at once. I’ve grown enough to see the signs coming but sometimes you’re speeding too fast to stop in time.

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Living With Depression

Depression is an anvil strung to each of my limbs, my brain, my soul. Its weight is so heavy that at times I feel as though I physically cannot take another step.

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Experiencing and Developing Mental Illness

Self-harm became a daily routine for me. Nothing else mattered except the sense of escaping from everyday life. Escaping from feeling so numb and hopeless.

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Iceberg Essay: The Mysteries Below the Surface

The underside of my iceberg began to surface; the first ripples began briefly and horribly in eighth grade, when I began cutting myself.

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Jack's Story

We need to help others become aware of the causes of suicide and need to take all threats of self-harm seriously.

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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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