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Stigmatization of Teen Depression

Earlier this month when I reached out to a friend and revealed that I believed I was experiencing depression, I yearned and expected my confession to be met with the compulsory “Oh, I’m so sorry” and “Let’s hang out soon okay?” Instead, all I got was “Oh that’s too bad. Hey I have to go now, I’ll talk to you later.”

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Anything Can Be Overcome

The point I’m trying to get across is that anything can be overcome with a little effort and that our problems and imperfections do not define us. I feel my point is best expressed in the words of Steve marble “my past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me”.

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Discussion: How Does Your Community View Depression?

Depression in teens can be difficult to recognize, particularly when you factor in cultural views of mental illness. This resource, developed by teachers and teens at Youth Radio, includes media and discussion questions for a classroom discussion.

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