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Depression (36 found)
All stories originally appeared in Youth Communication magazines: YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students, and Represent which is written by and for youth in foster care.
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Dr. Fadi Haddad explains why and how he makes the decision to put psychiatric patients younger than 18 on psychotropic medication. (full text)
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Victor describes the methods he's used to control his anxiety and depression, including therapy, medication, exercise, and mindfulness. (full text)
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Darlyn interviews Professor Luis Zayas, who studies why Latinas attempt suicide more frequently than other teens, and contemplates his findings. (full text)
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Due to a painful childhood, Erica suffers from bipolar and borderline personality disorder. She sabotages her therapy treatments -- until she becomes pregnant. Erica stepped it up in therapy so she can be a good mother. (full text)
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Otis is teased in school because he has cerebral palsy. He attempts suicide, then uses therapy to find better ways to communicate and express his anger. (full text)
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For years, V.N. is sexually and physically abused by her father. She goes into foster care, grapples with cutting and suicide attempts, and finds some relief from talk therapy and antidepressants. (full text)
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Shameeka interviews a psychologist about how teens can deal with loss. (full text)
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Andrew’s therapist helps him deal with his anger and sadness about not living with his family. (full text)
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Maya has been in therapy for years, but has had a hard time finding a therapist she feels comfortable with. (full text)
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Because of an abusive past, the writer dissociates from reality and cuts herself. Yet she has the tiniest bit of hope that all is not lost. (full text)
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Dr. Alexandra Barzvi, a psychologist at the New York University Child Study Center, explains how depression affects teens and how it can be treated. (full text)
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Hattie strives to change her negative ways of thinking. She reminds herself of her good qualities and does things she enjoys. (full text)
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The author finds cutting helps her deal with a painful relationship with her father. Therapy, writing, music, and talking to others help her stop. (full text)
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A therapist explains why people cut themselves and how they may be able to stop. (full text)
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Growing up in a violent, dysfunctional household, Linda becomes depressed and suicidal. Therapy helps her express her feelings. (full text)
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The writer, who is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, had many therapists while in the system. She describes the two who helped her the most. (full text)
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Gloria enjoys therapy until she’s switched to a therapist she doesn’t like and is put on medication that makes her feel like a “lab animal.” (full text)
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A therapist describes the pros and cons of anti-depressant medication. (full text)
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A psychiatrist talks about the pros and cons of medication and therapy. (full text)
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Loneliness, stress, and depression lead Melissa to cut. Therapy and support from her mother and boyfriend help her control the fixation. (full text)
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The writer interviews two mental health experts on how to help a friend who is depressed. (full text)
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Gia’s been depressed all her life. In therapy, she learns to express her emotions and begins to emerge from her personal darkness. (full text)
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Like many people, Troy feels a little depressed and disoriented during the winter months. It's called Seasonal Affective Disorder, and he explains its symptoms and ways to deal with it. (full text)
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Teasing drives the author away from her family and into a deep depression. She contemplates suicide, but therapy helps her begin to feel better. (full text)
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The writer finds a supportive community at a day treatment center for depressed teens. (full text)
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Natasha connects with her latest therapist in a way she never managed in the past. (full text)
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Antwaun becomes dependent on drinking and smoking weed to deal with painful emotions, but gradually finds ways to deal with life without being high. (full text)
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The author interviews a social worker about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of mental illness. (full text)
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Janae escapes from her troubled family by reading books. (full text)
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By writing and re-reading her diary, the author gains a better understanding of herself and how to handle her emotional problems. (full text)
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After her father abandons the family, the writer feels weighed down by family responsibilities. Physical symptoms of depression and thoughts of suicide eventually drive her to talk to a counselor, which helps. (full text)
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Emily finds that walking in nature lifts her spirits. (full text)
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Alina suffers through a terrible depression, but she’s determined to fight back. A counselor and her family help her feel less alone. (full text)
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The writer lives in a violent home and has to physically break up fights between her parents. She compensates by becoming the perfect kid, but her empty feelings lead to hallucinations and she starts seeing a counselor. (full text)
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Christina cuts to relieve her depression, but she feels guilty afterward and wants to stop. Eventually, she finds she can feel OK without hurting herself. (full text)
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When Samira is sent to a mental hospital she feels trapped, until a sympathetic social worker helps her open up. (full text)

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