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The Knock at the Door

Posted on November 28, 2011

I’m a quiet person. I mainly keep to myself. I have social anxiety and some depression and so I stay home a lot. I’m not sad all the time and I feel comfortable at home. I just don’t feel the need or motivation to do much socially. Anyway, I’m a smoker so I go out […]

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The Loss of My Brother

Posted on October 20, 2011

When I was in 8th grade, on February 2, 2009 my brother committed suicide. He was 16 years old and a junior in high school. It is important that people are aware of warning signs but, sometimes they are not there. That was the case with my brother and I’m sure for many other cases. […]

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A Friend Got Me Through

Posted on April 10, 2011

10 years ago I found out my husband of 20 years was having an affair with a co-worker, and our marriage was over. Words can’t describe the pain, anger, confusion and sadness I felt. I had been married to him my entire adult life. I didn’t know who I was without being “XXX’s wife”. A […]

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The Teacher

Posted on April 6, 2011

Teenaged years can be difficult. Your life, in these years strongly revolves around peer groups and being accepted. It isn’t easy. Compounding problems at home can make this worse by not having a place, a sanctuary, to reprieve too. No breaks at home, no breaks at school. At school, I didn’t have those peers who […]

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Carbon Dioxide

Posted on April 4, 2011

Depression is like carbon dioxide. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it, but too much of it can zap the life out of you. I’m just coming out of a 4 year “funk” as I like to call it thanks to the help of a very dear new friend. Some of my symptoms were […]

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The Community

Posted on March 31, 2011

When I was 11 years old my father took his own life. He overdosed on his depression medication and alcohol, he was just 34 years old. I remember the day and the event vividly as if it were just last week, it’s been almost 41 years now. My younger sister was 8 and my younger […]

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One question

Posted on March 25, 2011

I had just attended (a) suicide training about two days before seeing a client who described having previous thoughts of suicide. I asked her point blank if she had any recent thoughts of suicide/killing herself and she was genuinely pleased that I had taken the initiative to ask. She was not in danger of suicide […]

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The Police Officer

Posted on March 21, 2011

When I was in college I found my best friend dead in our dorm room. While my friends kept me going through the depression that followed, there was one moment however on the day after she passed that I had to go back into our dorm room to get clothes and show investigators what possessions […]

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PTSD Destroys Families

Posted on March 14, 2011

My story is when I was 15 I witnessed a friend’s brother jump up on a top of a car, the driver jerked the car back and forth and he hit the ground head first, blood everywhere… this was during a battle of the bands in a parking lot in upstate NY..I did not know […]

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Posted on March 7, 2011

I remember a few years ago I was really having a hard time with where I was in that point in my life. I hated where I was living, I was in a different city than my family, the boyfriend I moved there with treated me bad, I didn’t have many friends in this small […]

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