It's Not a Scarlet Letter, It's Just Depression

September 10, 2014 4:25 PM

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With all of the recent public tragedies, the topic of mental illness has become a major issue for discussion and reform. Yet, this topic still brings up a lot of resistance and fear and anger, making it very difficult to have a constructive conversation about it. Imagine now what it's like for an adolescent actually going through this scary time. Do you think they would feel comfortable to open up and say what they are really thinking and feeling? The environment is not yet safe for people dealing with mental illness to talk honestly, and it's time for that to change. I hope that my story can inspire those who feel like they have to fight it alone. You are not alone, and it does get better.

Being a middle-class white guy from the suburbs, my adolescence should have been a cakewalk. And maybe it would have been, but for mental illness. Self-consciousness opened a floodgate of overwhelming emotions. Shame, doubt, panic and anxiety morphed into a self-loathing that crippled my young mind....

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