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. Insane?

    • By Ophelia
    • Published: July 2012
    Poem About Schizophrenia

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

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    • Favorited 25
    • Votes 331
    • Rating 4.47
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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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  3. 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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    • Stories 7
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    • Favorited 89
    • Votes 488
    • Rating 4.60
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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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  4. Depression

    • By Hayley
    • Published: January 2012

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

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    • Stories 6
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    • Votes 273
    • Rating 4.49
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    I can relate to this poem because all of my close family members tell me I eat my feelings when I feel low, but they just tell me to stop. They tell me I need to know when enough is enough,...

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  6. 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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    • Stories 5
    • Shares 1257
    • Favorited 84
    • Votes 595
    • Rating 4.62
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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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  7. 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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    • Stories 3
    • Shares 635
    • Favorited 22
    • Votes 212
    • Rating 4.48
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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.

  8. 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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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 1645
    • Favorited 32
    • Votes 233
    • Rating 4.66
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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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  10. Monster In The Dark

    • By Tony O.
    • Published: May 2014
    Poem About Life And Living With Depression

    Sometimes life is too dark, there's no light.
    I can't decide what's wrong or right.
    While this beating heart falls out of sight,
    I'm starting to lose my will to fight,

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 217
    • Favorited 16
    • Votes 111
    • Rating 4.47
    Featured Shared Story

    Hi I'm Aeon, I know what it's like being diagnosed with severe depression, I was at the age of 6 and continue to battle the hardships today as I am 15 years old. I used to do very hard drugs...

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  11. 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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    • Stories 1
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    • Favorited 18
    • Votes 67
    • Rating 4.46
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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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  12. My Not-Addiction

    • By Sydney W.
    • Published: February 2014
    Overcoming Anorexia

    It's not an addiction,
    Really it's not.
    But that mirror,
    It's a source of affliction.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 65
    • Favorited 9
    • Votes 69
    • Rating 4.35
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    I have also struggled with my eating, and I loved the way you depicted anorexia through your imagery. I loved your stanzas about the scales and the mirror. With an eating disorder, no matter...

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  13. Screams Drag Me Under

    Depression

    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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    • Stories 1
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    • Favorited 12
    • Votes 110
    • Rating 4.34
    Featured Shared Story

    I loved some of the phrases you used. This definitely inspired my newest artwork!

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