Mental Health

7 Poems About The Struggle With Mental Health

I'm reading these poems because I have struggled with my mental health and reading the way other people can describe it helps me to write better poems.

  1. Just My Mask

    Pretending To Be Okay

    in Alone Poems by Teens

    Of course I'm fine, why do you ask?
    Oh, don't mind this, it's just my mask.
    It hides the grief, it hides the strife.
    I wear this mask to escape the knife.

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    Thank you for your story.

    When I was nine years old, I was raped. And it continued for two years. I never told anyone because the man threatened to hurt my family. When I wrote this...

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  2. Restless Nights

    • By Pete Sciarrino
    • Published: March 2014
    Poem About Almost Losing Everything

    in Teen Mental Illness Poems

    I'm breaking;
    I can't be fixed.
    I'm missing,
    But I won't be missed.

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    You write from a place of recognizing that all has gone wrong, but this is only so everything can go right again. I have been through this place, and it is a very common, valid, and HUMAN...

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  3. "We" Couldn't See

    Dissociative Identity Disorder

    in Mental Illness Poems

    Brian and I were polar opposites; he was loud and wild while I was more quiet and tame.
    Despite our differences, both family and friends said we often looked and acted exactly the same.

    I never understood it. My skin was unremarkable, nothing more than the average bruise.

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  4. Depression

    • By Hayley
    • Published: January 2012

    in Teen Mental Illness Poems

    Just like a ghost
    I drift through the days
    Trying for reason
    Thinking of ways....

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    I can relate to this poem because all of my close family members tell me I eat my feelings when I feel low, but they just tell me to stop. They tell me I need to know when enough is enough,...

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  5. My Not-Addiction

    • By Sydney W.
    • Published: February 2014
    Overcoming Anorexia

    in Teen Mental Illness Poems

    It's not an addiction,
    Really it's not.
    But that mirror,
    It's a source of affliction.

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    I have also struggled with my eating, and I loved the way you depicted anorexia through your imagery. I loved your stanzas about the scales and the mirror. With an eating disorder, no matter...

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  7. Anxiety

    • By Kristal McDolgle
    • Published: September 2015
    Poem About Social Anxiety

    in Teen Mental Illness Poems

    Anxiety,
    I'm miserable because of you,
    making plans and not following through.

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    I love this poem but wished it were longer and it was actually like you were having a conversation with anxiety. Nevertheless, this is an amazing poem and so relatable.

  8. The Truth

    • By Caley House
    • Published: November 2013
    Poem About Struggling With An Eating Disorder

    in Teen Mental Illness Poems

    Slippery sweet syrupy words sticking in my brain
    A lie
    They won't go away no matter how much I try to send them back to where they came from
    A lie...

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