Depression Poem by Teens

Poem About What Suffering From Depression Feels Like

I wrote this poem when I was in 6th grade when I started to fall into depression. As things got worse, I kept changing the poem, and now this is what I have left. I think many people can relate to this.

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I'm Tired

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Published: February 2016

I'm tired.
Tired of the constancy,
the constancy of judgment.
Tired of hiding,
hiding who I really am.
Tired of trying to stay strong.

I'm tired.
Tired of pretending,
pretending to be happy when all I want to do is cry.
Tired of not being able to let go,
let go of all the pain and emotions that consume me.
Tired of feeling worthless.

I'm tired.
Tired of being put down,
put down by the people I felt closest to.
Tired of dreaming,
dreaming of a life I will never have.
Tired of not being good enough.

I'm tired.
Tired of remembering,
remembering how I used to be so happy.
Tired of the blame,
the blame I put on myself daily.
Tired of the anger.

I'm tired.
Tired of crying,
crying in the shower so nobody can hear.
Tired of the fear,
the fear of being judged, hurt, and alone.
Tired of failing.

I'm tired.
Tired of holding on when all I want to do is give up.
Tired of being tired.
Tired of being me.

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Techniques this poem uses:

  • This poem creates a strong sense of emotion by getting the reader to experience the exhaustion caused by having depression.

    The following words from the poem help create emotion: judgment, hiding, pretending, feeling worthless, being put down, remembering, anger, nobody can hear, failing

    These words hold strong feelings for each person. The poet invites the reader to remember times they felt those same emotions, which helps create a connection for the reader.

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  • There is a strong sense of structure that is carried throughout the poem. Each stanza (except for the last) is made up of six lines that consist of three things the poet is tired of experiencing.

    I'm tired.
    Tired of…
    (repetition of the verb that finished the second line)
    Tired of…
    (repetition of the verb that finished the fourth line)
    Tired of…

  • I'm tired.
    Tired of pretending,
    pretending to be happy when all I want to do is cry.
    Tired of not being able to let go,
    let go of all the pain and emotions that consume me.
    Tired of feeling worthless.

    Read more about structure in poetry
  • The author uses repetition of the word "tired" to help the reader experience that same feeling of exhaustion.
    Read more about repetition in poetry

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  • by Small Things
  • 4 months ago

I'm tired of me too. I'm a 6th grader who has just realized that she has depression, and I don't know what happened. I took multiple depression tests and realized I had moderate depression. I also realized that some of the symptoms of depression were some that I'd been having for years. I don't know when it started. I don't even know why. I don't understand anything. I don't know what's going on. But it's poems like these that help me keep going, because I understand that there are many others out there who are just like me.

  • by Patricia Cisco
  • 10 months ago

True. So many people can relate to this poem, especially now in the times we live in! I think readers of this poem will relate because I believe everyone experiences these feeling through life at some time or another, especially when we are young and even into adulthood. It's the hope that the world will get better that keeps us going! Thanks for sharing!

  • by Fire
  • 1 year ago

Hi, I'm 13. I was molested when I was nine and dealt with several abusive relationships. I've tried to kill myself at least 9 times. I get bullied at school, and my mom and dad don't understand. They don't do anything until it's too late. I've dealt with depression since I was nine. It's not awful, though. I mean, I have great friends who are like family. It could be worse, honestly.

  • by Rusty
  • 1 year ago

The truth is most people will not truly understand all that you have experienced and even more so, they will not be equipped to offer you the help you need. Life can be unacceptably cruel, but help from unexpected places can make all the difference.

  • by Claudine Hernandez
  • 1 year ago

Hi Lily, your story touched my heart to the point I'm sitting here in tears. First off, I am 49 years old and I have been through a lot like you have. Did the person who molested you go to jail? If you don't mind me asking. If not, he or she should. We tend to attract abusive people and they make us believe they didn't mean it but it was our fault and we caused it. NO, don't ever believe that it's the honeymoon stage. I was in a battered woman's shelter and spoke on many panels to other battered woman. No human has a right to touch another human no matter what the circumstances are. They say they will never do it again. It's a lie they tell. The minute you feel uncomfortable, get out of it. It's not worth maybe your life someday. The bullies are what hurts the most kids are the cruelest thing in the world. Your parents should listen and do a lot more than they are. One day it might just be too late. Kids with broken homes have no source of guidance or love or respect.

  • by Just Someone
  • 2 years ago

You just told the story of my life except in a poem. I've been putting up a smile and wearing a mask though I'm so tired of it, I'm tired of smiling and acting as if I'm okay when I'm broken inside. Just so you know I've cried in the showers so no one can hear me many times.

  • by Kristen5259 Poet
  • 2 years ago

I'm glad you can relate to this. You are not alone. Never give up! My biggest outlet is writing poetry. I have a binder I have made of just random poems that I wrote. Whether they are medium length like this or only 5 lines, writing helps me. I encourage you to try it out and try publishing! Take care!!!

  • by SaharaDesert33
  • 2 years ago

I can so relate to this. I still cast out a fake smile so that nobody can see the things I am battling. Stay strong!

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