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  1. 61. Colors Fall

    I am a 55-year-old transplanted up-state New Yorker who migrated to Garden City, Kansas, in 1983. A tree hugger and nature lover since childhood, I fell in love with the stark beauty of the Kansas Plains. I am disabled with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, and Kansas has been my "healing land" where I have found both recovery and despair. One day in February, while riding the bus home, I was experiencing a serious depression, which is when this poem came about.

    I hate the way the colors seem to me now,
    In dead of winter.
    They fade away with every choice I make.
    The only honest hues I spy

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  2. 62. For A While

    • By Zoe Frances
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2011

    Wrote this for all the days lying on my floor with my eyes closed, embracing the nothingness and it's silence, wishing I could fall asleep and never wake up.

    Hours are swallowed, listless
    Weightless waves of soft nothingness
    Sleepy hanging bulb, dimming
    Images begin to drop, with your lids

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  3. 63. The Pit

    I have struggled with depression, as well as many other disorders, from a very young age. This poem depicts one of my frequent bouts of depression. The conclusion is not necessarily a happy ending. The relief experienced is but a brief oasis in a vast desert of a messed up brain.

    I sit alone in the dark.
    The sun is shining, birds chirping, children playing,
    But all that surrounds me is darkness.
    Every time someone says, "Cheer up,"

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  4. 64. My Ritual

    • By Donna Jozwiak
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2011

    I have dissociative identity disorder. I "lose time," not knowing where I went or what I was doing there. My husband continually worries what might happen to me, what I may do to myself, and if I will be successful next time I try to take my life?
    I can never sleep for long, I have horrific nightmares of the abuse I suffered as a child and adult. So instead of sleeping, I sit and watch and listen, trying to feel safe.

    In the early hours,
    As most should be sleeping,
    I sit in our bedroom window and perform a ritual.
    Smoking a cigarette, wrapped tightly in a blanket,

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  5. 65. Depression

    • By Hayley
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2012

    Depression, I Feel Like I Can't Take It Anymore.

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

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  6. 66. Space

    • By Cory Osborne
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2012

    This is just me attempting to describe what my depression is like to other people, it's very hard to do, but I tried! Also, even though God is mentioned in this poem, I'm not religious...

    Like being lost without being found,
    Like being locked in a dungeon,
    Like falling from a great height,
    Like a full stop....

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  7. 67. Voices

    • By Joanna
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2012

    I know a lot of people deal with anorexia and they hear that little voice called Ana in their head, telling them what to eat, when to purge, counts the calories for you, but for me Ana has becomes more than that, she tells me what to do, what to feel, how to act, what to eat, she reminds me that I am a mess because I know she is right, I do deserve it, sometimes I hate her and I just want her out of my head, but at the end I need her more than ever

    Flashbacks run through my mind
    My hands find their way to my hair
    They grab, pull, scratch
    "STOP IT!" I try to scream

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  8. 68. Dearest Routine

    • By Joanna
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2012

    It started as a way to release my emotions, a few nights I started telling myself that I needed to do it more often, that I needed to do it every night, as the punishment I deserved, for being imperfect, for never being good enough, for being myself

    Lost
    I feel lost
    It has become a routine
    At night, in a dark, small room, a scared girl is struggling with her own emotions...

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  9. 69. Insane?

    • By Ophelia
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2012

    So, I had to write a poem for school. I couldn't think of anything to write, so I waited and waited. Then, one day, I was thinking about schizophrenia and how sad of an illness it is. So, I wrote a poem about it. I think it rambles a little, but I would love some feedback.

    Insane?
    Hallucinations and voices.
    I think I'm seeing
    Something now....

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    My son recently told me about the voices. He's been self medicating in hopes they'll go away. My parents were super critical and I could hear the words over and over, and I mistakenly thought...

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  10. 70. Lost

    • By Elizabeth Bailey
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2011

    Usually when I write, it all just comes to me. I went through a time when I was not myself and was really sad, so I began to think too much. Then I just decided to write it all down. Not all of it is necessarily true, I just write because I love to.

    It's like I'm a hundred different people
    I never have it all figured out
    I don't think I ever will
    Maybe I have myself all wrong...

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  11. 71. Feeling

    • By Monica J Abrica
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2014

    I am a single mother of 3 boys, and this poem was written in 2006 when I was in my most depressed state and before I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Writing was the only thing that kept me alive for my children. I fought a constant battle with myself for them. I attempted suicide a few times but luckily never did enough damage to end my life. I am now 36 and am no longer suicidal. I still suffer from depression but, I am now receiving the help I needed.

    Life is hard to live sometimes when the light inside no longer shines.
    Everything around becomes so dark, I grab a knife to leave a mark!
    It makes me feel alive again! Replacing fear and doubts with pain!
    I hope to fill the emptiness, I fight to end my loneliness. ...

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  12. 72. Daddy, I Dream About What Could Have Been

    A wishful letter of what could have been

    Daddy, it never occurred to me.
    That you might die without changing your ways.
    I guess it was the little girl in me.
    That always thought that you'd change someday....

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    This poem touched me deeply. I found my father hanging at 15 years of age. He was violent and depressive. I kept wishing he would change as a little girl. My father never sought the help he...

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  13. 73. Living A Suicide

    • By Joanna
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2012

    I was thinking about life, it's all fake, plastic, pretending, it's just facts.

    I can do nothing
    Cause I'm good at nothing
    I just sit and watch
    As others succeed...

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  14. 74. Am I Alone

    • By Siobhan Green
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008

    A heartbreaking portrayal of mental Illness

    I get a funny feeling,
    it comes from deep inside.
    I get all mad and angry,
    wanting to go and hide....

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    I was diagnosed schizo-effective at 35 but I was having problems way before then. I began hearing voices when I was 29. I lost who I was and became something else. I was always wild and...

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  15. 75. Ice And Salt

    • By Joanna
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2012

    I've dealt with self harm all my life
    Cutting, anorexia, bulimia, burning myself
    They're my release
    And it's just too beautiful and too sad at the same time
    That poetry just comes easily

    Ice and salt
    They're my addiction
    Ice and salt
    Take away the pain...

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  16. 76. My Reflection

    • By Syd W.
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2011

    Mirror oh mirror
    You're ruining my life
    You make me go into
    The kitchen and grab......

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  17. 77. I Need You

    • By Kelly
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2013

    This poem I wrote feels close to my heart. It's not professional, but is truely felt. I have family with mental and physical health problems And in my job it's what I care for.

    Can you hear, I need you
    I promise I'm trying call aloud
    Can you see, I need you
    I promise I'm trying wave my hand...

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    I haven't been on for a while, but yes, it was related to my nan who suffered with Alzheimer's for 4 years. It was a horrible, very slow disease, which is horrible to watch and even worse to...

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  18. 78. Screams Drag Me Under

    • By Tiffany Lane
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2011

    Most people don't understand the extremity of depression. This doesn't even begin to describe what I go through every day. But, it's at least a glimpse into my mind.

    This can't be real
    This pain I feel
    I'm in a dark cave
    All alone never to be saved...

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  19. 79. The Third Man Is New

    • By Jo
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2010

    This poem is about my relationship with my father, having discovered that he had schizophrenia and the abandonment after this realization.

    I promise I will be there.
    Words with empty meaning, words screaming through the halls of my mind as they make their course.
    I know he lies.
    I know I won't see him until the echo is heard, until the message smacks the back of the wall. Not the wall of innocence though. ...

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    That’s sad. I can’t imagine your predicament. I have schizophrenia, and the burden of a busy mind is something I don’t wish upon anyone. Pray. Hope. Fight to love without expecting any in...

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  20. 80. Inside An Addiction

    • By Vera
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2011

    I just kind of wrote this starting off on my Trichotillomania and how it's more than just pulling out hair then I just kind of ran with that into idk. comments and rating would be nice though!
    I wanna hear what it make YOU feel!

    What I feel they may never understand,
    it's not like its difficult or hard to comprehend.

    But it's what lies behind my every pull,...

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    Oh wow this really explains me. Thank you so much for this wonderful poem. It has helped me a lot.

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