Depression Poems by Teens

Depression Poems by Teens

Painful Poems About Teenage Depression

Depression has become an epidemic amongst the teen population. Some of its prevalence can be blamed on hormonal changes as a teenager matures. However, a primary trigger for depression in teenagers is sadness felt as a result of struggling to get to know one's self and new intense feelings which are being felt for the first time.

63 Poems abut Fighting Depression

  1. 1. Another Breakdown

    This poem is about breaking down after you hold onto pain for way too long and then it finally just escapes you.

    It's hard when you're always lying,
    Always hiding the way you feel.
    Losing your sight on truthful words,
    Forgetting what is real.

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    Thank you for writing this poem. I am an adult who has smiled my way through many struggles. Until recently I thought something was wrong with me, not like mental illness but something really...

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  3. 2. Her Habit

    • By Rachel
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2013

    This poem isn't about me. It's about my best friend. It's been a 3-year battle with herself. It took me a lot of guts to write this...I hope you like it.

    It controls her.
    She can't stop it.
    It's a constant battle.
    She can't drop it.

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    I used to self-harm. I am 13 years old now and still do it sometimes. It is hard sometimes, but every time I feel like doing it, I think about my cousin, Evelynn, and friend, Zachary, and...

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  5. 3. You Don't Understand

    • By Alkiera
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2011

    My mum suffered years of abuse and depression, so when I realized I was depressed, I thought she would be supportive and would understand. Instead, she screamed at me and wouldn't even listen when I tried to explain...so this poem is about me just learning to deal with the fact that my family isn't there for me, but I know my friends always will be, no matter what.

    You don't understand,
    you never do.
    I try to explain,
    but I can't get through to you.

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I, too, lost my father in an accident, so I guess I can relate in some way.. But I'm not claiming to completely understand how you feel. Only you know...

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  6. 4. I'm The One To Blame

    • By Rayne
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2016

    Depression is really hurtful. Every time I try to explain the pain, I can never put it into words. I have been dealing with depression my entire childhood. I pretend to be a fun loving girl with all my friends, but all the pain is buried inside me. I know that I cannot blame anyone for the way my soul turned against me, but someday I'm going to find the reason why I turned out the way I did.

    I smile and laugh wildly, having fun with my friends.
    They don't know what huge lie I have to pretend.
    To my friends, I'm the funny girl who's so full of life.
    They don't know how many times I'd held a bloody knife.

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    They say "be happy." Do you really think I want to be happy? I do, but the cruel people in the world hate me. I try and try and try. But I always just let go. All my friends are so happy...

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  7. 5. Wretched Monster

    • By Shattered Mirror
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2017

    Hey guys, as a poet I like going by Shattered Mirror, my pen name. This poem is the reflection of the battles I have in my mind against self-hate and the temptation of suicide. I used to cut, and many times I almost ended it. I still struggle with self-hate and suicidal thoughts. Poetry has been the best outlet I've ever found in the arts.

    In my poem, "this song" is what I call my best friend. It comes from This Song Saved My Life by Simple Plan, which is a special song between him and I.

    What should I say, how should I feel?
    Wretched Monster, tell me what's real.
    Can you not see you're causing problems?
    No matter what you do, you can't solve them.

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  8. 6. I'm Tired

    • By Kristen
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2016

    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.

    I'm tired.
    Tired of the constancy,
    the constancy of judgment.
    Tired of hiding,

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    I lived in an abusive household for the first nine years of my life. Suffering sexual assault, beatings, starvation, all at the hands of the people who were supposed to protect me. When I was...

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  9. 7. I'm Depressed

    • By Bethany Ashley
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2011

    I've been going through a really hard time at the moment - my dad who abused me when I was younger has just come back into my life and I've had really bad boy and friendship troubles, too, and I had just realized what a bad state I was in when I wrote this. It really means a lot to me, so I hope it's all right for everyone else.

    People say chin up,
    But I just feel like giving up.
    People say smile and it will all go away,
    But I feel like crying each day.

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    I stumble trying to speak. My mind talks to me. I'm alive but not present in my life. I try to say, "I'm fine," but I'm never truly fine. I like to be alone so I can bare my thoughts, but...

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  10. 8. I'm Dying On The Inside

    • By Ashley
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2009

    I'm unhappy, but nobody can tell. I hide it.

    You see a smile on the outside,
    But that's all you can see.
    What if tears run down my face on the inside?

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    This is my poem of the day because I feel the same way. My boyfriend and I were going through drama, and he think it's okay for him not to say how I feel about it, but it hurts me deep inside...

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  11. 9. Suicidal Temptations

    • By Desaray Machinine
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2008

    The story on our face is not the story of what is going on within.

    Shattered soul, tattered mind.
    The way back is what I hope to find.
    Broken dreams lost without a trace.
    Lately I've been feeling a little out of place.

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    Everyone is beautiful. I'm sorry if something made you feel like you weren't. I can connect with the poem for reasons I don't care to name, but I'm glad you said something. I can't convince...

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  12. 10. My Room, Dark Black

    I sit in my room and all of this happens...but the thing is when someone calls me I'll force myself to stop and talk back with a normal tone, and if they want to see me, I wipe my tears and say, "Hold on. I'm changing."

    my room, dark black
    my nightmares come back
    my past, won't leave me
    I need someone to free me

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    I can relate to this poem a lot. My best friend killed himself last year in December, and I regret not being a better friend because I feel like I could have saved him if I had tried hard...

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  13. 11. The Girl In The Corner

    • By Kaylee Everhaert
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2017

    Hello, I'm Kaylee, and I am suffering from major depression. This is a poem I wrote about a week ago. It was one of my really bad days, and no one seemed to notice, so I went to a corner with a pen and paper and ended up writing a poem about how I felt. I hope you can understand what I mean by this poem.

    There is a girl who sits in the corner.
    Her heart is crying out.
    There are people all around her,
    But no one seems to hear her shout.

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    Hi Kaylee, You have no idea how much help your poem, your expression of your own pain, is bringing to all these other people who share in how you feel. Writing and poetry were always a way...

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  14. 12. The Happy Girl

    • By Abigail Hetherington
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014

    I wrote this about my own life. I feel like someone needs to know how I feel.

    She is happy and friendly,
    People say every day.
    Shy but happy,
    And loving, they say.

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    My name is Cherzel. I'm turning 18 this year. I have been suffering with depression and anxiety for four years now - ever since my childhood best friend back-stabbed my family and my dad got...

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  15. 13. The Monster

    I struggle with depression, and I tried to see a way that would give it justice. I didn't want to give this disease power, but I need to write it down, so this is how I feel.

    If I showed my true colors, what would society think?
    Would they laugh, show pity, or read the ink?

    I'm exhausted from smiling every single day

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    I love this poem. It touches every emotion you feel when you’re depressed. I have suffered from depression for a long time and have been hiding behind a mask. I go to school every day with a...

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  16. 14. Happy Girl

    • By Anjali Velani
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2017

    I started feeling depressed when I was 8 years old. At first I didn't know why I felt so down all the time, but as I grew up I started to realize that it wasn't normal. So I decided to hide my depression and promised myself that I would always keep smiling, no matter what. As I grew older, that promise became harder and harder to keep. I am now 13 years old and still dealing with depression. I wrote this poem originally when I was 10 and found it recently, so I edited it and decided to put it up here.

    When you look at me,
    What do you see?
    Do you glimpse a happy girl,
    Or do you see the real me?

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    Heart touching poem. I've suffered from severe depression since I was 12. I am 15 now, and I understand how it feels. It might be different as well. Most presume males don't go through this,...

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  17. 15. The Mask

    • By Kasi
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2009

    A poem written by a teen who had most everything yet was still very, very depressed. She was hopelessly afraid to tell her parents, even though they probably would have been very understanding. She had this problem for a few years.

    I'm great, fine, spectacular. In a way
    I relish every night, and I live every day.
    I live, I laugh, I write, I sing.
    I wonder what the new days will bring.

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    Yeah, I know depression sucks. I put on a mask, and when I get home I break down, wanting to die. It hurts going through school pretending to be okay, and when someone asks if you're okay,...

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  18. 16. Who They Wanted Her To Be

    • By Mn
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2014

    This is my poem about what it is like to live in a world as a depressed teenager where everyone is trying to instruct you on how to feel and behave.

    She took a deep breath.
    She counted to three,
    A picture in her head
    Of who they wanted me to be.

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    This poem breaks my heart and soul. I am hurting in my heart for you, but also for my own daughter. After several years of living in complete misery and isolation, my children and myself are...

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  19. 17. The Shell

    I just want to make this clear: this poem does NOT describe my life. I wrote this because I know people out there have this heavy, weakening weight on their shoulders, and they shouldn't have to deal with it alone.

    I know so many people,
    But do they know me?
    They recognize the face,
    but that's all they ever see.

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    This really touched me because this describes me almost perfectly. I am someone who has to hide who I am, and there was only one person I didn't have to hide myself with. That person sadly...

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  20. 18. Nobody Knows

    • By Emily
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2010

    Sometimes, times can very hard. To get through those times, I write. It's the best way to express feelings. Honestly, I think this poem is pretty self explanatory.

    Nobody knows how different I am
    The outside of me is not afraid
    Not full of pain, or even ashamed
    I smile and all of those ignorant fools believe

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    Death, pain, sorrow, these are the things that most of us know. Very few of us know what true love is like or have even had a first kiss, yet we've all felt pain, or is it just me who feels...

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  21. 19. Ignorance

    • By Kate H.
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2014

    I can think of no better way to put my feelings into words than this piece of writing. I thought that my life had no value. I thought that one person gone wouldn't make a difference. I was almost too late when I realized that every single person on this earth makes a difference. Nobody should have to leave that way.

    Is anybody out there?
    Is anybody listening?
    The words from my mouth are silent,
    But my tears scream your name.

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    To tell you the truth, I never thought that such people depressed like me exist. Well, my depression started when I started my high school. The cutting started, then came suicidal...

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  22. 20. Chasing Sunsets

    • By Natalie Grace
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2016

    I lived with undiagnosed depression and anxiety for four years. After treatment, I am having many more good days, but people assume that bad days don't come anymore. People assume that one bad day means I'm relapsing. Bad days come. They will always come. Yet it's different now. Yes, thoughts of vanishing and escaping this life come to mind, but Hope is stronger. There are moments of tomorrow that are worth living for.

    Having depression and anxiety is like being thrown into a raging, surging ocean
    When you don't know how to swim.
    Meanwhile, the whole world expects you to keep swimming forward,
    To keep excelling and moving onward in this thing called life.

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    I am 17 years old and have been struggling with depression and anxiety for six years. The people who notice don't care enough to help me get help. I would love just for a day to get a...

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