Learning How to Talk About Depression By Jerell Johnson as told to Kitty Rodriguez Raised in a dangerous neighborhood without a lot of positive role models, when I was 18 I took it upon myself to make sure I got out of South Central Los Angeles. Joining the military after graduating from high school seemed […]

Depression transcends cultures, but cultural perceptions can change how depression takes its toll on an individual. Depending on a particular culture, you can find anything from different treatments to fundamentally different views on what depression actually is.

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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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Photos by David Paz Cameron Brenner has been dealing with depression for most of his life. Now 21, Brenner is the president of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at Pierce and is majoring in theatrical costuming. But the road to where he is today has been long and rocky. “When I was a child they knew […]

Breakups are common in college, but for Isaac Montoya, a 25-year-old Pierce College student, the end of a relationship was the beginning of a struggle with depression.

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Britney Michelle Perkins remembers when the bullying started in second grade. A boy in her class started mocking her because she was overweight.

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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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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.’” […]