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Teenagers in Depression

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It has come to my attention, that there are quite a few, or need I say many people who have problems with themselves and are in a state of depression. There are many stories that I have read and also dealt with myself about the different causes of this extreme low self esteem. Why does it seem like no one understands us? Why do we have to feel this way? The solution is to simply end everything because then there will be no suffering. No no, that's no answer to any problem. We as teenagers have to show our strength to fight this confusing and demanding period of our lives. I will elaborate on just one or two of the many reasons depression strikes once again.

A big factor that many are quite familiar with is self injury. May it be burning, cutting, or other harmful actions to oneself, it is certainly not healthy. What exactly is the reason for inflicting injury upon ourselves? Do we even know? Personally, my cutting started all because of something pretty dumb if you ask me. I hurt the best person to me in the world and I messed everything up that I had with them. He told me time and time again how horribly I broke his heart and each time it felt like a knife was being stabbed through my heart deeper and deeper. I couldn't take it anymore; I went mad. I picked up a knife one day and sliced my arm. What on earth was happening? Well, it seems that I took all the hurt that I have caused him and put it physically on me. If he had to hurt so much, well then I should suffer just as much. It's been over a year now since I have started it and well, as many know it becomes quite addictiveÐ' can't seem to stop.

The last time that I have cut myself was about 2 weeks ago, and I'm proud staying away from the blade that long. I know that if I try really hard I can overcome the temptation of simply hurting myself to take away the stress and tension built up inside. Instead I go for a run or crank my music up really loud and let out all the negative energy that is slowly manifesting inside my body. No matter what the reason is though for hurting yourself, the point that I want to make across is that it's not worth it. Yes it is hard to quit once you start. I am telling you as a concernedÐ'...I suppose stranger, (but I know exactly how some of you are feeling) that there is a cure, you can get better. There is help for you, you just first need to realize that you have a problem and it is out of your control to put an end to it. Talk to a friend, parent, or a professional about what you are doing to yourself, maybe you even know why you do it, and ask them to help you. It will only get worse if you let it go and take no action into stopping.

As of right now, I am trying to quit on my own, and if I reach for the knife again (or something else sharp) and start piercing the object through my skin, I know that I can't deal with it on my own and I need to talk to someone. I haven't brought up my problem becauseÐ'...well, how many teens would go up and tell their parents what they are doing to themselves? You have to wear long sleeves to make sure they don't see the scares for Pete's sake. So I know it's hard to simply go and tell someoneÐ'...but you can at least start with a close friend or someone you can trust that won't go telling everyone about your situation. It's your life and I strongly urge you to seek help because you only live once and it would be really painful to many people who love you (friends, family, etc) to see you go through your life in misery and possibly dig yourself so low to committing suicide.

Yeah, maybe it's an escape, but is it REALLY worth it? You have to realize that you may end YOUR pain and suffering, but what about everyone else around you? Do you have any idea how it would affect people that care about you? You may think that no one cares about you; they wouldn't even know or care that you're dead. That's not true. I don't believe that anyone can honestly say that no one in the world cares if they are dead and how it would not affect them negatively in any way whatsoever. It would cause much pain for others if you kill yourself. So if you don't want to live for yourself, think



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