Stephen P. Lewis, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph. His areas of expertise are self-injury and youth mental health.
I have struggled with depression for longer than I can remember and and it all started when I was younger I was 2 years old and my uncle was "bored" his words not mine but so he touched me and raped me. even now I have night terrors but they don't scare me anymore they make me stronger and that's all thanks to my friends they help me thru so much and im thankful. a message to people struggling.... it gets better there are people that want to help you just have to let them. there is always someone that can help you and wants to.
Submitted by james, age 17.
When I sit alone and cry
It feels like a hundred years pass by
Time is standing still
It always gives me a chill
A single shiver down my spine
Makes me feel frozen inside
The coolness I feel in my gut
Gives me intense pain like I'm being cut
I'd love to say I'm getting better
But I don't believe it myself
Depression is living in a body that fights to survive with a mind that tries to kill it.
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Oh sweet solitude! Shelter from social strife,
You have burned me and shamed me into ruined life.
I cast aside your shackles and step into the light.
This anxiety I will tackle, I'm ready for the fight.
Oh warm depression! The only comfort I have known.
You have since chilled me, down to the very bone.
I shake off your gentle slumber and rise from your bed
‘Cause sooner or later you’d leave me for dead.