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Like a lot of college freshmen, Andrea Delgado is worried about starting school. But while some students become stressed over the prospect of leaving home or taking on a heavy workload, one of Delgado’s main concerns is that she’ll have to navigate her depression alone.

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As a high school student, Kevin Hetrick didn’t eat much. He didn’t shower regularly. He barely slept trying to get his homework done.

Growing up, his home life was tumultuous, he says. He sunk himself into academics, taking honors classes and participating in as many extracurricular activities as he could, always seeking perfection.

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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 […]

Anthony Ross, 25, was kicked out of his house and became homeless. He’s struggling with depression, but is driven to make a better life for his son.

When Alex Villaneda was 15, his father passed away. It began a years-long bout with depression that he felt he could not tell anyone about. “I felt I must be the only one that feels this way, and I’m weak as a man because everyone else is alright,” Villaneda said. Last week’s admission by rapper Kendrick Lamar […]

Death. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. My experience with losing someone is difficult to describe. I lost my grandpa a little over two years ago. He was and always will be a second dad to me. He was there for all of my achievements and games. He encouraged me and helped me realize […]

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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“I hate living here!” was carved into my bed. I would sit on the floor and stare at it for hours. We had just moved and I had to leave behind all the friends and the memories I had made. It was the end of my sixth grade year and I was just about to […]

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. […]

Sam, 22, got shot in the leg during a robbery. He’s struggled with depression his whole life, which worsened after the shooting. He was diagnosed with depression and PTSD.

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Not long after I entered middle school, I started struggling with depression, although it would be five years before I was taught the vocabulary to describe what I was feeling. During my early adolescence, I didn’t know that I was mentally ill. As far as I could tell, my state of mind was the same […]

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When I was sixteen years old, my family and I went to church every day for about two months. It was the same pattern; pray, light a candle and sit in silence until it was time to go home. What prompted this religious routine was my mother passing away due to a cancerous tumor that […]

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 […]