Sailing the Dark Seas: A Response

By Michelle, age 17
Guest Contributor

Editor's Note: A reader submitted this in response to Sandhya's article "Sailing the Dark Seas" (Jun '10).

I am only 17 years old and suffering from severe depression. I am doing my best to get better by taking medication and seeing a therapist once a week. It is taking me longer than I expected to get better, but I believe I will make it. I am stopping my medication in two weeks along with my mother (she also suffers from depression) because it is only making it worse.

It is true, people who have never suffered from a mental illness have a hard time understanding the people who do. Many of them (like my grandfather, for instance) think I behave as I do on purpose, that I don't try hard enough, and that I am a coward. It hurts. These people obviously don't know me. I try my best at everything, but sometimes I am just not able to make it. Sometimes I just need a break. Sometimes my emotional state isn't able to take it. People think it is a question of WILL. But it's not always like this. I do the best I can, and doing more than my best would be hard on me.

Many people don't realize this, but there are more people than we think with mental illnesses. Sometimes you don't even know you have it. We are always warned about physical illnesses, about the signs and what to do if you have one of them. But we barely think about mental illnesses, what they do to you, the signs, and how to get better. I wish people would understand that mental illness is not alien, it's not wrong, it's not done on purpose, and most of all, it is not your fault that you have it.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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