Depression Poem by Teens

Ekphrastic Poem

This started out as me writing an ekphrastic poem (Greek word meaning description, ekphrastic poetry is a form of poetry where the poem describes a work of art.) for my English class and it turned out well soo here it is.....

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I suffer from anxiety and depression. So much has happened to me over the year and I started drinking recently. I've even cut myself because of what was going on around me. Next thing you...

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Trapped In My Own Depression


Published by Family Friend Poems January 2012

Save me for it is I who is trapped in my own depression
I'm drowning in my tears
I'm dying from the pain of no tomorrow

Killing me, killing me slowly
softly, painfully, it keeps going and going
and I keep dragging on in my own sorrow

My tears are the biggest waterfall in the world.
How did I get this way?
I am the loneliest girl.

I, the shadow of my own imperfections
kicking and screaming as I sleep
I'm afraid

I am broken into little sections
where do I go??? What do I do????
For, I am depressed.


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  • Anna Lorraine by Anna Lorraine
  • 10 years ago

I suffer from anxiety and depression. So much has happened to me over the year and I started drinking recently. I've even cut myself because of what was going on around me. Next thing you know, I'm starting to take pills I don't even need to be taking. I still do to this very day.

I feel like I am trapped and can't breathe. I just feel like there is nothing left for me to do.

  • Meg Helmuth by Meg Helmuth
  • 10 years ago

Dearest Courtney,
I read your poem and felt your pain. It was many years before I was able to understand depression and anxiety. The teenage years and early twenties were my most tumultuous. I felt hollow, misunderstood, confused, alone and had no idea who or what I was.

It wasn't until my mid thirties after my one and only son was born. I was suffering from "post partum blues" and terrified of the brand new human being I was now responsible for. I looked for my husband.

He took one look at me and told me I was as white as a sheet. This is what he said to me...."You actually believe all that messed up B.S. in your head?" Some how he knew right where I was. We weren't close and I confided very little in him, but what he said at that very moment I believe, saved my life. He was right! I was believing everything my head was telling me that was negative about myself, my life, my responsibilities.

Some think depression is anger turned inwards. We could find people that say the complete opposite. There will always be people with different "opinions" and remember just that. They are "opinions" .

People have opinions not necessarily because "that's what they really think" but because "that is what they were TAUGHT to think".
Courtney, if it is your own mind causing you to think negative things about yourself, examine the truth about your thoughts, examine the facts about what you're are thinking that is causing you to shut off and feel immense emotional pain.

Courtney, getting through this period of your life is one of the most difficult things you will do. Believe me, YOU WILL RISE OUT THIS. Without even knowing you, I can tell by the poem you wrote, that you are expressive, intelligent and courageous. You have taken the first step in recognizing you feel sad. Unfortunately, the world will have you believe that it is abnormal to feel "sad thoughts" hence all the antidepressants people take. When people take antidepressants, it just dulls the pain and never really allows for you to feel. Once we recognize what makes us sad and accept that it is ok to feel sad, that 's the first step.

Look at the origin of your thoughts Courtney without labeling those thoughts "good" or "bad". If something comes up that makes you feel sad, recognize that thought and move on.

You were put on this earth for a reason, or you wouldn't be here. We are all connected. We all have feelings and misgivings and love losses, job losses, friend losses etc. It is how we walk through this journey. This earth is like a big classroom. We all affect one another. For instance, today when I got on this computer, I would never think I would be writing to "Courtney" about feeling sadness. Your poem touched me and I think will help many people letting them know they are not alone. COURTNEY YOU WILL rise above this and be able one day to help many.

You are in my thoughts,

  • Lindsey by Lindsey
  • 10 years ago

This was totally good and totally different from most of the things I have read on here. I really liked it

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