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Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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The author was physically and emotionally abused. When she ages out of care, she finds that years of being put down keep her from going after work or college. (full text)
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Dr. Fadi Haddad explains why and how he makes the decision to put psychiatric patients younger than 18 on psychotropic medication. (full text)
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Victor describes the methods he's used to control his anxiety and depression, including therapy, medication, exercise, and mindfulness. (full text)
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Trauma is an experience so upsetting that the mind cannot make sense of it. By learning to tell the story of your trauma through therapy, you can begin to put it behind you. (full text)
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Due to a painful childhood, Erica suffers from bipolar and borderline personality disorder. She sabotages her therapy treatments -- until she becomes pregnant. Erica stepped it up in therapy so she can be a good mother. (full text)
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La’Quesha learns about a kind of therapy, CBT, that helps people change their behavior by changing how they think about it. (full text)
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Mayra is skeptical about participating in music therapy, but the program helps her express her feelings. (full text)
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Teasing drives the author away from her family and into a deep depression. She contemplates suicide, but therapy helps her begin to feel better. (full text)
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The writer finds a supportive community at a day treatment center for depressed teens. (full text)
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Megan has always been an obsessive thinker and worrier, but when her anxiety threatens her friendships, she consults a psychologist and begins to understand her anxieties. (full text)
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An abusive past has left Natasha with anger and panic attacks. (full text)
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A therapist explains several stress reduction techniques, including thought-stopping, belly-breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation. (full text)
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Jennifer interviews a social worker for tips on how to deal with stress. Her advice includes healthy eating, avoiding drama, and talking it out. (full text)
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Niya accepts a friend’s offer to try yoga for relaxation. She is skeptical at first but finds that yoga does relieve her stress and anxiety. (full text)
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Shameera surprises herself when she’s able to remain strong and brave during two natural disasters. Inspired by her courage in handling these situations, she attempts to conquer her biggest fear: public speaking. (full text)
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The author finds school stressful and overwhelming. He's diagnosed with anxiety and learning disorders and thrives when he goes to Hallen, a school for kids with special needs. (full text)
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Carlos, who is from Honduras, recounts two assassination attempts on his father's life. (full text)

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