Personal Narrative: My Experience With Mental Illness

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Freshman year of high school I thought my life was falling apart. Looking back, I may have been a tad dramatic, but it was how I felt nonetheless. No friends, no self regard, and I was nearly failing all of my classes. See, through the media and various ignorant peers, I had been taught that speaking about mental illness was practically forbidden. Dare I mention such a topic aloud, and it would be met with confused, yet slightly concerned glances, and undoubtedly, at least thirty seconds of uncomfortable silence. Being the shy, assuming person that I was, of course I immediately accepted this as fact, and refused to speak to anyone about my mental state. This, of was the root lapse of my inevitable downfall. I spent the rest of 9th grade year
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