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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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A therapist explains how abuse and neglect can lead to isolating behaviors like fighting, cutting, substance abuse as well as more abusive relationships. She also gives practical tips for quitting self-destructive habits. (full text)
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After having suicidal thoughts and cutting herself, V.N. is committed to a psychiatric hospital, but she doesn't think she's crazy. Harming herself seems to help her escape the trauma of sexual abuse. (full text)
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Young adults who weren't taught as children how to handle difficult emotions are more likely to develop mental health issues as adults. (full text)
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Trauma is an experience so upsetting that the mind cannot make sense of it. By learning to tell the story of your trauma through therapy, you can begin to put it behind you. (full text)
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Cynthia experiences panic attacks and dissociation, a foggy state where her mind separates from her body. A therapist helps her realize that these are defenses against trauma from the past, which she can now begin to face. (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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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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Destiny struggles to cope with the death of her best friend—her brother Kareem. She writes about her feelings and tries to be nicer to everyone. (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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With his fourth therapist, the writer finally finds someone he can open up to. (full text)

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