Heaven’s Hell

Youth Radio is piloting a first-person podcast series. Driven by diaries, music, and immersive audio, listeners get to ride shotgun with teens…

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Only Smiling On The Outside: Teens Hide Depression

At home, I isolate myself. When I have my anxiety attacks, usually I lay on my back or my side and I start to hyperventilate. Inside [there are] a lot of things just going through my mind, just a lot of bad things. That’s all I think about. And the more I think about it, the worse it gets. So then I usually just cry it out.

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Bullies vs. Free Expression

Growing up with fairy wings strapped to your back creates a wonderful sustained illusion. I was living in a fantasy world. I thought nothing of my eccentricities and would even boast them. Everyone around me lived as free as wild animals, and encouraged me to do the same.

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