When I was 12 years old, I was formally diagnosed with depression. It came after a week away from home at camp, when my director heard that I had told other people that I had thoughts of killing myself.
Haley M. is a college freshman at the College of New Jersey majoring in art education. Her recent series of paintings, seen throughout this piece, were inspired by her experience with mental illness.
People don’t realize there’s a struggle going on beneath my friendly, sassy exterior. My depression is like a wet blanket over the anxiety, telling it that nothing matters anyway–not that anxiety cares.