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  1. 21. Little Schizophrenic Girl

    I've been to the mental hospital on five different occasions. I believe the third or fourth time I met the girl I wrote this poem about. I'm not sure we ever spoke verbally, but like those of us who are mentally ill, her eyes communicated what her voice could not.

    • By Brian E Pardee
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2016 with permission of the Author.

    Little Schizophrenic Girl, heavily medicated so she can't feel the pain.
    She will never leave that hospital, never again feel snow or rain.

    Tears rolled down my cheek the very first time I looked into her blue eyes.

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    It's so true. My daughter had 28 hospital admissions in her short battle with mental illness. I lived through as much of those 13 years as I could as I couldn't abandon her or stop hoping for...

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  3. 22. Panic Attack

    My name is Brittany, and I suffer from panic disorder, which stops me from doing regular things. I can't go into a store or car, for example, without having a panic attack. I write a lot of poetry so I thought I'd share this with you describing how I feel when I have one.

    • By Brittany
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2011 with permission of the Author.

    Closing in all around me,
    a fear I can't describe.
    All shaky and confused,
    I think I'm going to die.

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    I'm Rose, I'm only 14, and have suffered from severe anxiety and social anxiety since I was around 10. For the past 2 years I've suffered from depression, this poem literally lit up my heart....

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  5. 23. Internal War

    This poem is very personal to me and was inspired by the everyday struggles of having a mental illness, specifically anxiety and depression. Having worked in mental hospitals, I know I am not alone in this. Every day is a battle, but every day is also a win to be proud of.

    • By Laura Campbell
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014 with permission of the Author.

    Every day is war to me,
    A struggle to obtain reality.
    A shower, my make-up, putting on my shoes.
    It's hard to see the point some days,

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    I think this poem was a very good insight into what it is like to have anxiety, I am currently having an attack now and it is nice to have proof that I am not alone. Most of my friends don't...

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  6. 24. Quietly

    The inspiration behind this poem is to simply portray what it is like to have struggles with anxiety. It's a hard thing to describe and my hope is that this poem speaks to someone.

    There have been moments just to sit quietly
    In places of uncertainty and of the unknown
    Furthest away from all which represents society
    Surrounded by nothing and completely alone

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  7. 25. Panic

    I have suffered acute panic attacks. I've been wanting to write a descriptive poem, but have found it very hard to put into words.

    • By Evangeline King
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 3, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    One thousands beats per second
    It hammers ‘gainst my chest
    I feel it in my temples
    Tonight there’ll be no rest

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  8. 26. Dad

    I wrote this poem when I was upset with my dad. He didn't understand that I was trying my best not to have another panic attack, and when I did, I tried as hard as I could to come out of it. But he didn't understand. He didn't see my point.

    • By Sami Chester
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2011 with permission of the Author.

    I know you may not think so,
    But I'm trying really hard.
    I don't do it on purpose.
    I did not pick this card.

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    I read this, and it touched my heart. I was labeled with many things from childhood through adulthood. I struggled greatly at home, in school, and in life. I cried as I read this poem. I...

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  9. 27. Lie Out Loud

    • By Mark Bird
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 2022 with permission of the Author.

    I cry alone
    But dance in crowds
    I whisper truth
    But lie out loud

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    I absolutely love this poem. I do like to over analyze some poetry, but this poem could mean so much. This poem really touched my heart. I know how it feels to be there but not actually be...

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  10. 28. The Night Is The Hardest

    I suffer with anxiety and depression. During the nighttime these conditions worsen. During a particularly bad night I wrote how I was feeling to deal with these issues.

    • By Jessica Sturgeon
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2018 with permission of the Author.

    Feelings of unrelenting sorrow and fear wash over me like a wave crashing on a shore,
    Painful nostalgia for younger days and panic for the ones to come,
    Reminiscing on days and feelings I can never get back,
    Needing to feel close to someone to pull me back from this ledge,

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  11. 29. Something Lost

    Depression, anxiety and mind a mess

    • By Amar Qamar
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2011 with permission of the Author.

    I had it once, now it's gone
    Like a knot it's been undone
    Was once so tight, now so slack
    Happy times I wish I could have back

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  12. 30. Master Of Disguise

    I have been struggling with depression, self-harm, anxiety, and eating disorders, so I turned to writing poetry to help me. This poem is about disguising my problems while wanting someone to notice/care.

    • By Lkglauren
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2016 with permission of the Author.

    She is skillful at deceiving.
    No one even has a clue.
    Her pretty words are weaving
    Throughout the souls of me and you,

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    Hey,
    I understand how you feel. It's really sad when people don't notice. Sometimes, I need a hug, but there's no one to give me the hug, so, I hug myself and tell myself it's going to be...

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  13. 31. Panic Disorder

    Just wrote how I felt when I have a panic attack.

    • By Brittany
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2011 with permission of the Author.

    Tightness in my chest.
    I can't breathe.
    The only time I can escape
    is when I fall asleep.

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    I am 13 years old, but I've gone through so much, well I believe I have at least. All my life I've grown up with harsh punishments, including intense beatings using belts, bamboo, and my...

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  14. 32. Anxiety

    I'm 20 years old and have been suffering from anxiety and social anxiety for seven years. It has affected my life in such a way that I cannot make friends, drive, or have a job. I graduated home school in 2012 because public school was just too much for me. Every day I struggle to date, I struggle to breathe, I struggle to have a life beyond the bed and couch. I take Prozac, and I see a therapist, but sometimes even their motivation isn't enough.

    • By Kristal McDolgle
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2015 with permission of the Author.

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

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    I actually struggle with minor social anxiety and this really is how it is. I have scars on my arm from where I scratched it off in a panic attack about people looking at me. To be honest,...

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  15. 33. Another Trigger

    Anxiety can be debilitating and is on the rise. This poem is dedicated to my daughter. Her struggle is real but thankfully she is getting better.

    • By Jim D. Prime
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2020 with permission of the Author.

    A storm is coming, my chest is tightening and it's hard to breathe.
    Like a giant noose, life is smothering me.
    I would do anything to not feel this pain.
    Make it stop, I want to laugh again.

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  16. 34. Living With OCD

    I lived with depression and OCD for a few years, and during that time I was suicidal. Now I'm free from it. It still lives in me, but it's not in control of me. I thought I'd write a poem for people to understand just a little bit of how OCD works on the mind.

    • By GeorgeH4rt
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2018 with permission of the Author.

    O.C.D., those evil eyes that stare at me,
    That bully in my head,
    Obsession, obsession, obsession,
    Is all that can be said.

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  17. 35. Dear Mom

    This poem is coming right from the heart. As a child, my mother had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which impacted my siblings and my life. There was constant upheaval and unstable lifestyles. I had to deal with being homeless, taking care of my 4 younger siblings, and moving around a lot (7 schools in 5 years). At the age of 13 my mom left us and forgot about her kids completely, leaving us to pick up the pieces.

    • By Jonah
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2017 with permission of the Author.

    Dear Mom,
    Have you forgotten?

    Sitting, waiting, hoping

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  18. 36. The Ruse

    No one can truly understand depression unless you either live with it or love someone who lives with it. This poem is dedicated to my beautiful daughter who has been suffering from depression for so long I don't remember when she wasn't depressed. All I can do is try and love her through her pain...

    • By Annabel Sheila
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2008 with permission of the Author.

    She's beauty, style, poise and grace,
    At least she appears to be.
    But no one knows the girl who hides
    Behind the face they see.

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    I myself have a daughter that is now going to be 26 in a little over a month. She doesn't leave the house at all, she comes to my house and to her Dr's appointments but not by choice. They...

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  19. 37. 2 Hours

    Anxiety is a demon most can't see. Every time I left the house I would have constant panic attacks until I returned. This poem is about the first two hours of a day. I refer to Anxiety as a demon because they are similar in many ways. It's impossible to understand the feeling of your own mind turning on you until it happens. Medication can cure symptoms or create them. My Agoraphobia was the result of a particular combination of medications. When I was taken off one, my symptoms went away.

    • By Brian E Pardee
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2017 with permission of the Author.

    Anxiety rips me out of my sleep, a shock to my system like a bucket of ice water.
    I open my eyes to see a demon hovering near the ceiling; fighting it will lead to my slaughter.

    These demons cover the Earth like the oxygen we can't see.

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  20. 38. Worry Is The Game

    This is my daily struggle. It's really quite unbearable.

    • By Tiff W
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 2015 with permission of the Author.

    I sit here and feel so alone.
    Things in my mind broken.
    Home doesn't feel like home.

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    This hit deeply. I suffer from so many mental health problems. I seem to be declining now. I'm lower than I have ever been. This poem put it in perspective and words I can't figure out that I...

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  21. 39. Unclear

    This poem was written during my rock bottom. I was going through a divorce and dealing with the death of my sister. I did not see a light at the end of the tunnel. I lost myself in the midst of the emotional chaos.

    Never knowing,
    Always seeking
    happiness and approval,
    even the words I am speaking.

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    For those who are unfamiliar with mental illness in all its varied forms, this is a good place to start sharing Catherine, as it's no longer a marginal disease. My son introduced me 20 years...

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  22. 40. The Fire

    I cope with my anxiety and depression by writing. Enjoy.

    • By Sarah Gray
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2019 with permission of the Author.

    The fire that rages
    from within my rib cage is
    weakening the bones
    that should make me strong.

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