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I Am Stronger: Teen Depression by HopelessLavender I Am Stronger: Teen Depression by HopelessLavender
EDIT: DEDICATED TO MY FRIEND, BOB, WHO IS NO LONGER WITH US. I MISS YOU, BOB. WE LOVE YOU.

It starts with an emotion.
One you cannot control.
Perhaps, a feeling of being alone.
Hate, maybe. Worthlessness.

One day will be different from the rest.
Your parents will yell too much, or you will fail another test.
Suddenly, your life is spinning out of control.

Cutting.
You'd heard about it.
Terrible.

But you try it anyway, and you can never stop.

You hate every scar on your arms.
You are ashamed of them as soon as its over, ashamed of how good it feels.

The pain is indescribable.
Good.
Good pain.
Terrible pain.

You cut deeper.
Make this hurt last longer.

Make yourself pay for this nightmare you have wrought upon yourself.

What if, on the day I popped my first razorblade out of my cheapo disposable razor and pressed it to my skin, someone had told me that I was stronger?

I'm better than this.

Every 18 minutes, an American claims their own life.
Every day, eighty.
So. Many. Lives.
More than half were teens.
So. Young.

A percentage of those were 'cutters'.

Cutting is not a culture, or a way of life.
It is a way to release what hasn't been said.

I AM stronger.

I know that now.

I will not be one in eighty.
I refuse to be reduced to a mere statistic.

Each of those eighty had lives.
They had family who loved them and cared about them.
They might have, if they looked hard enough, even had friends.

Next time you make fun of an 'emo', think about that.

Perhaps they needed a reminder that they too, were stronger.

I am Stronger.
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NikkiFirestarter Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow. Beautiful.

It really hits home..
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Filmographer
oh hey. thanks :) it all gets better. it really does.
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NikkiFirestarter Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :3
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Filmographer
:)
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Autumn-Alchemy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I always remember 2 things when I feel like my is not worth living~
1. Many people have it worse than you.
2. Remember what you have, not what you don't.
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student Filmographer
thats a good idea. when i was depressed, i always made a list of ten things worth living for, and now i have like a billion lists.
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Autumn-Alchemy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
that's a good idea too. The people who get help are the ones who aren't completely suicidal, they still have the will to survive.
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student Filmographer
i agree, but suicidal people dont really want to want to die either.

oh drat, tht sentence makes no sense. does it?
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Autumn-Alchemy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It makes sense.
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Student Filmographer
good!
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imaduckyrawr Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
really amazing, really personal.
i love this.
:hug:
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Student Filmographer
thanks (:
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WhoaItsLindsey Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010   Photographer
for some odd reason, i don't remember ever seeing this! i can't believe i haven't seen it!

this is so amazing. what you wrote made me almost cry. it really makes you think. amazing work.
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Student Filmographer
thanks! you dont know what that means to me. i re-read it a lot for self encouragement.
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WhoaItsLindsey Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010   Photographer
that's a good idea!
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Student Filmographer
yea
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Duckmad Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this i understand it so much as i went through depresion im still on the medication but i am getting better now. So touching.
Well done :)
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Filmographer
thanks. i went through it too, and i still am. i never took meds tho. you are stronger! its my new motto.
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Duckmad Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh that is sad to here :'( I hope you get through it just no there is always someone there to help you through this but the hard part is just opening your eyes to it :hug: I think what helped me was my animals I felt happyish and comfortable around them (maybe thats why i own so many lol)I wish you all the best and happiness in the future you are stronger than this illness if i can beat it so can you even without meds :heart: :hug:
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student Filmographer
thanks so much for the kind an d encouraging words.
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Duckmad Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Its my pleasure i understand what you are going through but it gets easier when you fight it :hug:
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student Filmographer
thanks for the support, its getting better. it all gets better in time.
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Duckmad Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats good to hear :hug:
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Student Filmographer
^^
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lllumination Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That was beautiful, very well written. :+fav:
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HopelessLavender Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Filmographer
thanks.
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