Confronting Your Mental Health

April 13, 2015 5:14 PM

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In the sixth grade I faced my first bout of depression. I became obsessed with the idea that time was moving too fast, and I was victim to it. Even at the age of 11 I yearned to stay a kid -- to never have to face the challenges of growing older. I was told my concerns were valid and normal, but I continued dealing with an unshakeable sadness. I no longer found joy in what I used to. I couldn't bring myself to eat. I couldn't bring myself to face reality. Therapy helped, and soon I overcame my depression. Yet I knew I wasn't living my life at 100 percent.

My intellectual capacity was not questioned. I am a native born and raised Puerto Rican whose first language is and always will be Spanish. As a child, I used television as a tool to learn English. I could sit myself in front of the television and absorb what I saw and heard, slowly picking up a sec...

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