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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    • Stories 12
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    • Favorited 31
    • Votes 342
    • Rating 4.48
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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 9
    • Shares 4103
    • Favorited 105
    • Votes 622
    • Rating 4.59
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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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  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
    • Shares 415
    • Favorited 38
    • Votes 296
    • Rating 4.52
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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 1390
    • Favorited 90
    • Votes 624
    • Rating 4.61
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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 744
    • Favorited 30
    • Votes 231
    • 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 2
    • Shares 2386
    • Favorited 42
    • Votes 307
    • Rating 4.66
    • Poem of the Day
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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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  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 226
    • Favorited 20
    • Votes 114
    • Rating 4.46
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    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. 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 140
    • Favorited 11
    • Votes 79
    • Rating 4.43
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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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  12. 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
    • Shares 117
    • Favorited 20
    • Votes 70
    • Rating 4.43
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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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  13. 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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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 339
    • Favorited 16
    • Votes 80
    • Rating 4.38
    Featured Shared Story

    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.

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