Story Submission by Chris, Age 19

I started feeling depressed about 6 years ago. I was young and I had no idea what was going on. I was terrified. I didn’t want to tell anyone because I thought I was a freak, so I hid it. I tried and I tried to force it back down, to force myself to smile every day. But the more I did that the worse it got, until I met someone else who was depressed and found out that they ___. So I thought to myself, “They seem ok from the outside, maybe I should ___ and it’ll feel better” So I did. But it didn’t. It became an addiction. I would do it every night, morning and sometimes at school. I would “accidentally” ___ myself when around people if I had the urge. It got to the point where I could barely move.

After about a year and a half, I decided to seek help. I went to the doctor and they gave me medication. And all of a sudden I wasn’t feeling depressed. But it came with a price… I didn’t feel anything at all. I was numb. I had nightmares. I woke up crying and alone. It got to the point where depression took over the medication. I became suicidal and I tried to _____. But people kept convincing me to hang on and so it became a cycle.

When I say I’ve been depressed for 6 years I mean I’ve been out of that cycle for 8 months. Why? Because I discovered a passion. I sold my old car, and bought my dream: an R32 Skyline. Buying that car didn’t just help my depression go away, it gave me something to look forward to. When I feel down, I go for a drive, or I work on my car.

The point is no matter how hard it gets and no matter how desperately you want to give up, DON’T! There is something, it will be hard to find and it will test you. But it IS there and there are people who want to help you.

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2 Responses
  1. Myles

    Hey Chris, i can relate to your story a lot! I mean i have never been diagnosed with depression, but whenever i feel down i think about cars, watch youtube videos on cars or go for a drive in my own car. I encourage you to continue to do this and cherish those moments with your passion, thrive on it! You are completely right that you should never give up hope and fight through the pain and struggle. I hope you continue to fight through it all and continue to have fun times with your car. :)

  2. Rad

    Hi Chris,

    glad to hear that you found something that makes you feel great! The last paragraph is very uplifting!

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