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To My Teachers Who Wonder What Happened to Me

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I came back after three weeks. Some of you knew what had happened to me, and some of you just thought I was really sick.

I came back to school but not to all my classes. It was hard for me. You thought I was skipping class. My mind was not the same. It felt damaged and was slowly getting back to normal.

I was scared of going to school.

I knew many people would ask what was wrong with me so I just lied. My mom wrote you an email saying to please be patient since my brain was not working so well. It still isn’t. Some of you understood when I told you what had happened, and some of you didn’t care about what had happened because you thought what I had was like the flu, that it had gone away when I took the pills. I’ve noticed you seem surprised about my lack of concentration and how my grades have dropped. Believe me, I miss the days where I could concentrate and get good grades. I miss when I felt like my brain was actually working.

You wonder how an Honor Roll and straight-A student became an C and D-student who can’t focus. I wonder that too. I wonder why depression changed me. I wish I could fix it with some medicine or that by some miracle I would wake up and get back to normal, but I can’t.

But I’m working really hard.

I just want you to know I am trying my best.

I ask you to please have patience.

I promise I will slowly get back.

I just need time.


Your student battling depression

If you or someone you know needs help, see our suicide prevention resources.

If you need support right now, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Originally published: June 24, 2016
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