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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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    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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  6. 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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    You know I do feel anxious a lot. I end up thinking that I just can't do this. But the thing is that you can. And you will. You will get up and fight the anxiety. You fight it. You move past...

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  7. My Heart Desires Freedom

    • By Kristal Mcdolgle
    • Published: August 2017
    Struggling With Anxiety And Depression

    Each day a brand new struggle:
    No food to eat, too stressed to sleep, trouble on my mind,
    Tired of life, tired of pain, too tired to even try.

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  8. 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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  10. Anxiety

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

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

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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. Eyes Shut To The Obvious

    • By Mona K
    • Published: August 2015
    Poem About The Obsession And Destruction Of Anorexia

    It's what I think about every minute of the day,
    In the car, during physics; "It's dangerous," they say.
    In the morning, at school, in the bathroom, in bed,
    "You'll fail. You're a failure," is all my mind said.

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  12. 2 People In 1 Body

    Poem About Multiple Personalities

    she is so similar, yet different in every way
    I look in the mirror and we're identical
    yet inside tells a different story
    at times she is my best friend

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  13. Play Both Sides Now

    • By Elizabeth S
    • Published: May 2015
    Poem About Living A Double Life

    Hello there, it's me.
    Bright, sarcastic, light-hearted me
    Agonized, bloody, messed-up me.
    My friends come - there's no short on my social life.

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    I love this so much. As a twenty-year-old in college, struggling with anxiety and depression, I related to this so much. People do not understand that I have anxiety and depression because I...

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