Depression: A Long Dark Tunnel

By Chloe-Ann, age 14, South Wales, United Kingdom

I'm feeling low, and I have for a while. What's wrong with me?

Everyone goes through a period of time that they feel low. Some even get so low that they want to end everything. This feeling you're getting will pass. You just need to keep your chin up and smile. It's going to be hard. But you'll never go through life without the downs.

You could try sharing your feelings with someone - a teacher or a fellow student, a family member perhaps. It's always good sharing feelings; it will make you feel better. So talking's always good.

I like to think about depression like this: You're in a long dark tunnel. You can see a white dot at the end - the end to the depression. You're going to have to walk over to that white dot to come out the other side. You'll have some difficulties while you're on your way, but you'll soon get there. And when you do, you'll be a totally different person, inside and out.

A counselor or social worker (someone who gives advice) is always a nice thing to think about. They're always there to listen, and hey, they're dedicated to their jobs so the door is always open. They're always nice and all ears too. They are highly trained to give professional advice too. If you get too low, and nothing has worked for you, you need to go see someone about it. No one should stay in that dark tunnel.

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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
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- 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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