Teen Mental Illness Poems

Poems about Mental Illness by Teenagers

We live in a world where many illnesses that society once considered shameful are now openly discussed and accepted. Unfortunately, mental illness seems to still carry a certain stigma, a stigma that prevents many sufferers from seeking out help. Sufferers are completely powerless over their illness, yet many people try to make them feel guilty for having it, as if it were a choice. The result is often family problems and loss of friendship. We must remember, people suffering from mental illness need to feel accepted and loved more than anything. It is up to each and every one of us to stop the stigma.

Poetry about the Stigma of Mental Illness

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  1. Another Breakdown

    Experiencing A Breakdown

    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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    This is a wonderful poem that really provides such a descriptive insight into what a person suffering from mental illness endures. I love the rhythm and rhyme of your poems and the simplicity...

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  3. Breathe

    • By Tiffaney L. Ganci
    • Published: April 2018
    Living With Anxiety

    Panic, worry, darkness closing in around me.
    These are some of the words I could use to describe my anxiety,
    but nothing I can say could speak of its entirety,
    as I cry internally thinking I've lost my sanity.

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    • Rating 4.64
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    I understand completely how you feel. I can't count how many times I've been to the doctor because of anxiety and I was "fine." The only advice I can give you is that if you find something to...

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  4. Restless Nights

    • By Pete Sciarrino
    • Published: March 2014
    Poem About Almost Losing Everything

    I'm breaking;
    I can't be fixed.
    I'm missing,
    But I won't be missed.

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    You write from a place of recognizing that all has gone wrong, but this is only so everything can go right again. I have been through this place, and it is a very common, valid, and HUMAN...

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  6. Just Because...

    • By Melanie
    • Published: July 2017
    Do Not Judge Someone Else

    Just because I have a smile on my face,
    It doesn't mean that I don't cry when I'm alone.
    Doesn't mean I don't have problems,
    Doesn't mean I'm not dying inside.

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    • Rating 4.35
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  7. Anxiety

    • By Jade .S. Aka Shane
    • Published: March 2015
    Poem About How Anxiety Feels

    Chest tightens,
    Gets hard to breathe.
    My only escape
    Is when I drug myself to sleep.

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    • Rating 4.33
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    I started having depression when I was only 5 through right now, but this teacher told me I am still able to make new steps, so I'm here to thank him.

  8. Restriction

    • By Lorena
    • Published: September 2018
    The Mindset Of A Person With An Eating Disorder

    When I was fifteen I starved myself,
    hoping I could then accept myself,
    but with all the weight I dropped,
    the burning self-hate never stopped.

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  10. Anxiety

    • By Kristal McDolgle
    • Published: September 2015
    Poem About Social Anxiety

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

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    • Rating 4.42
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    I love this poem but wished it were longer and it was actually like you were having a conversation with anxiety. Nevertheless, this is an amazing poem and so relatable.

  11. The Fire

    Poem About Anxiety

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

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  12. The Pit

    Struggling With Depression Yet Refusing To Give Up

    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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  13. Insane?

    • By Ophelia
    • Published: July 2012
    Poem About Schizophrenia

    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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