Tag Archives: Depression

Poetry Friday ~ Photo Prompt

20 Nov

It’s the third week of the month! Time for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge‘s Ekphrastic Photo Prompt!

This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). Diana Peach from last month’s challenge has provided the photo for this month’s challenge.

The Saddest Leave The Least Of Clues

Depression sneaks up when least expected

What you once had seems far above you

as you spiral into darkness

sapping your life of meaning

but you smile all the time

though you’re rarely fine

You leave no clues


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“Real depression is when you stop loving the things you love.”


When I saw the image chosen by Author, D. Wallace Peach it reminded me of a beautiful soul who couldn’t see her ethereal beauty in the water because she was shrouded by the darkness of depression. I have several loved ones who suffer from depression. This poem is dedicated to them and to anyone else who is struggling with this disease. What a lot of people don’t understand is that there are two types of depression. Feeling extremely sad when you lose a loved one, a pet, or when you lose your job or go through a divorce is perfectly normal. People expect you to suffer some level of depression when you experience something terrible. Being diagnosed with clinical depression is an entirely different thing. This is an illness that stems from there being a chemical imbalance in your brain. When depression hits it does so without warning, and it comes with muscle aches, loss of focus and concentration, insomnia, overeating or loss of appetite, headaches, digestive problems, anxiety . . . . It is a disease like diabetes, lupus, COPD, Alzheimer’s or cancer. Whenever I get a chance, I try to create awareness because there’s a stigma attached to this disease and there shouldn’t be.

Click on image to read an excerpt from my upcoming book, The Rise of Gadreel.

Haiku Friday – Reward & Trial

14 Oct

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Hello everyone! Welcome to ‘Haiku Friday‘ Ronovan from Ronovan Writes has given us two difficult words to work with this week. They are Reward and Trial. Phew! Needless to say, I had a hard time coming up with something this week but here it goes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

“Beautiful souls are shaped by ugly experiences.”

― Matshona Dhliwayo

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by Vashti Q

Knowing life’s a gift

I hold dear every moment

Coursing above ground

Facing the world with a smile

When sometimes living is hard

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Depression is a serious disease that effects a great number of people in the United States and all over the world. It’s hard to believe that there are still stigmas attached to mental illness which is why so many don’t seek help. This affects especially teenagers and young adults. Check out my post, Why So Sad?

Like Diabetes, Lupus, Heart Disease and other serious chronic diseases Clinical Depression needs to be treated by a doctor or the outcome will not be good. Shaming someone for having a mental illness stems from ignorance. Instead, educate yourself on the subject and try to help someone who suffers from depression.

Have a great weekend!


Why So Sad?

28 Sep

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Why So Sad?

Looking around on Tumblr recently, I noticed a great deal of gloom in many of the posts left by teenagers. I know teens are supposed to be moody and occasionally melancholy, but some of these kids seemed depressed, and it concerned me. Teen depression is a serious problem that affects every facet of a teen’s life. Teen depression can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, self-mutilation, violence and even suicide.

According to suicide.org, a teen takes his or her life every hour and a half. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. Approximately 20 percent of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood, and between 10 to 15 percent suffer from symptoms at any given time. Why is there more despair and hopelessness among teens today? I wish I knew the answer.

One thing that surprised me is that only 30 percent of depressed teens are being treated for it. Are parents, teachers and friends not realizing that these kids are depressed?

Important things to know:

➢ A teenage girl is twice as likely to suffer from depression than a boy.
➢ Teens that are abused, neglected or bullied are at risk.
➢ Young people who experienced trauma or disruptions at home, including divorce and deaths of loved ones, are also more likely to develop depression.

If a teen you know shows signs of sadness and hopelessness, he or she may be depressed.
Here are some red flags, visible warning signs that can help you detect if a teen in your life is depressed.

If a young person . . .
➢ has unexplained aches and pains
➢ is sluggish
➢ doesn’t care about their appearance
➢ cries easily
➢ is very angry, irritable and frustrates easily
➢ talks about death and suicide (even jokingly)
…it’s time to wake up! You have a problem on your hands.

Depression can be easily treated, but first you have to understand that there’s a problem, and sometimes teens don’t know how to let you know. They’re counting on you to notice. So if you interact with teenagers, please pay attention. You could save a life.

Below are posts written by teens on Tumblr:

“My whole life is falling apart and no one cares about it.”


“It’s not fair! Instead of crying when I start to panic I get angry now. So freaking angry, and the stupidest shit triggers it. So now I’m the bad guy and I messed everything up again.”

Sad Teens

“I’m so fucking done with looking like this! I’m going to fast 2 or 3 days a week and on the other days I’m going to eat 600 calories or less and do the 30 Day Challenge and the 30 Day Ab Challenge, and I’m going to start running 4 miles. I will lose this weight before Christmas. I don’t care what it takes as long as I won’t be called fat anymore.”

Teen Depression

“I’m literally so shitty someone could easily replace me. Anyway, who gives a fuck?”

Teen Suicide

“Yesssss! I hate school. Life sucks! One more day of humiliating myself.”

Depressed Teen

“When you can only calm yourself by forcing yourself to think of the absolute worst thing that can happen to you, over and over, you know something is wrong with you.”

“Can I live inside Tumblr? : ( My real life sucks and I hate it.”

Sad teen

“I hate being alive so much. It’s one problem after the next and no one has any sympathy for me.”

“I’m a mountain that has been moved.

I’m a river that is all dried up.

I’m an ocean nothing floats on.
I’m sky that nothing wants to fly in.
I’m a sun that doesn’t burn hot.
I’m a moon that never shows it’s face.
I’m a mouth that doesn’t smile.
I’m a word that no one wants to say.”

depressed teenagers

Me: You wanna hear a joke?
 Me: my life.
 Me: *laughs at my shitty life until I breakdown crying.”


If there is a teen in your life suffering from depression get medical help immediately. Click here for a helpful link.


Stop looking for the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.

28 Mar

Stop looking for the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.

Hello everyone and welcome. Thank you for stopping by. I came across this touching poem on Google+ and I had to share it. Sometimes we feel as though we’re being pulled in many different directions and it’s hard to focus on what’s really important. If we could only stop and take a deep breath, silence our minds, forget about all the petty stuff and focus on all the little blessings, we’d be much happier. We can either wallow and complain about what’s wrong in our life, or we can realize once and for all that life isn’t fair and it never will be. So lets celebrate the good in our lives. Don’t sweat the small stuff. 



It’s not too late… the angel said.

Even though the world’s a mess…

Even though you’re not as young…

Even though you’ve made mistakes and have been afraid

It’s not too late…

And then I saw the world through the angels’ eyes…

I saw the colors I could paint

The bridges I could build

The lives that I could touch

The dreams that could still come true

And it became very clear to me…

That it’s not too late.

~Written by Ron Atchison

So what are you celebrating today?