Depression: She’s just 16, but she’s an inspiration for everybody

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Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. Current research suggests that depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. It can happen at any age, but now is recognized as occurring in children and adolescents, although it sometimes presents with more prominent irritability than low mood. That’s the case of Laura Burton from Holyhead, too.

She felt strong negative emotions towards everyone. She was struggling with unacceptance, hate, fear and anxiety at her very young age of just 16. She didn’t enjoy the life, just as the other adolescents did. Laura talked about this black scenario she lived at the close of Mental Health Awareness Week. Now she is 22 and she regrets what happened.

Laura remembers her black days when she did not feel the joy, the happy and the colors of life. It was hard to speak with other people, to go out with friends and even going to school was something difficult to deal with. She thought she was ill, she has anxiety attacks very often and immediately left the room when she could not stand anymore.

When the night came, it was harder for her to live. All the dark thoughts she had during the day, became real nightmares now. She wishes to die. The drugs made the situation even worse. The therapy did not help her.

Her angel saved her

Instead of being sad and irritated, her mother tried to understand and encourage her to pass this stage of her life. She told Laura how much she loved her and how grateful she was for having such a wonderful daughter. Laura started to trust herself more, to accept herself and soon she won the battle with depression.

Now she helps the others fighting with that illness, because nobody deserves to be in this horrible situation.

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Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca


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