By Cathy Albrigo as told to Kitty Rodriguez Photos by: Nicolas Heredia My younger brother and I weren’t very close until the last few months of his life, when he was struggling and I tried to be there for him. He was 18 when he committed suicide. I could never imagine how difficult it would […]

Photos by: Nicolas Heredia Her heart rate starts rising. Her hands begin to sweat and shake. She paces back and forth. “I feel like something is going to happen to me but nothing is really there,” she says. “[I tell myself,] ‘There is nothing wrong. It’s okay. This is just your body being weird again.’” […]

and No One’s Talking About It It’s easy to forget that we are mortal until someone in your life disappears. My first encounter with youth depression came during my sophomore year in high school. I was only a witness and yet its impact was powerful enough to rip my life apart. At the the time, […]

What is my purpose here? Why am I wasting space and resources? I’ve lived with these thoughts of worthlessness for most parts of my life. My self-image issues contrast with moments of brilliance and relief. It is a cycle that I had learned to live with. Then while attending UCSB I sought out help. I […]

自11歲起我就有憂鬱症的傾向。我感覺很虛弱、記性減退並且沒有慾望做任何事。絕大部份的時間我都感覺悲傷並在夜晚哭泣入睡。 我以為這只是青少年階段必經的過程。 在那時我也因憂鬱無法完成回家作業。在腦中一片混亂無法專心學業。我的成績因此一落千丈,這讓我感到內疚。我知道父母因此對我失望。我的父親在矽谷工作成功,他不能想像我的處境,而且每當父母問我“為什麼看起來疲倦”,我只是簡短回答“我很好”,然後他們就不再追究。

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It started in middle school, when I was around 11 years old. I started feeling weak, had memory lapses and had no motivation to do anything. I felt sad most of the time. I thought the sadness was a normal part of pre-teen angst. I often starved myself for attention from my parents and friends. […]

I was probably seven years old when we first met. My mom and my aunt were both in charge of a group at church. My aunt was in charge of the grown-ups while my mother was in charge of us kids. Every Friday while my aunt was with the adults praying the rosary, the kids […]

High school sophomore Kelly Morimoto says when her friend first came to her to talk about his depression she was “shocked.” No one, after all, had ever spoken to her about how to respond in these kinds of situations. “I didn’t believe him [at first] because he seemed so normal all the time … like […]