Loss (29 found)
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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J.G. has a sad life and sometimes acts out in unhealthy ways. She's put on way too much medication, which doesn't feel like a solution. She tries to change her way of looking at things instead. (full text)
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Elvia's mom dies when she's a senior in high school. In despair, she shuts down, but heals with the help of therapy, writing, and caring friends and mentors. (full text)
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A therapist explains how abuse and neglect can lead to isolating behaviors like fighting, cutting, substance abuse as well as more abusive relationships. She also gives practical tips for quitting self-destructive habits. (full text)
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Without a mother, Victoria went from one bad living situation to another, which made everything else hard. A good foster mother helped her find her talents and make friends. (full text)
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Hollie becomes a Jehovah's Witness, which helps her cope with her losses, but not everyone in her life likes her new direction. (full text)
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Camilla's biological mother is uncooperative with foster care staff. Camilla must figure out how to draw boundaries to maintain a relationship. (full text)
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After having suicidal thoughts and cutting herself, V.N. is committed to a psychiatric hospital, but she doesn't think she's crazy. Harming herself seems to help her escape the trauma of sexual abuse. (full text)
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Young adults who weren't taught as children how to handle difficult emotions are more likely to develop mental health issues as adults. (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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Cynthia experiences panic attacks and dissociation, a foggy state where her mind separates from her body. A therapist helps her realize that these are defenses against trauma from the past, which she can now begin to face. (full text)
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For years, V.N. is sexually and physically abused by her father. She goes into foster care, grapples with cutting and suicide attempts, and finds some relief from talk therapy and antidepressants. (full text)
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Jarel’s grandmother adopts him after years in foster care, but they still have a rocky relationship. (full text)
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Hattie strives to change her negative ways of thinking. She reminds herself of her good qualities and does things she enjoys. (full text)
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Lishoné interviews an adult expert about why it’s important for adoptive families to get support. (full text)
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After her biological mother disappears, Lishoné has a hard time adjusting to her adoptive family. (full text)
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On January 12, 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake. More than 300,000 people died and a million were made homeless. The shockwaves were felt around the world, especially in Haitian communities. Cassandra Charles, living in New York City, describes the events and feelings she experienced in the first few days following the quake. (full text)
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Music has helped Otis survive tough times. Each phase of life brings a new favorite band, and a different group of people to connect with. (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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The writer’s father reappears after he left the family many years ago. (full text)
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Natasha connects with her latest therapist in a way she never managed in the past. (full text)
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At age 15, Athena visits her long-absent father in Greece. (full text)
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Antwaun struggles with conflicted feelings about his father, who spent most of Antwaun’s childhood in and out of prison. (full text)
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Devastated when her father leaves the family, the writer fills her emptiness by having promiscuous sex. Eventually, she gains control of her sexuality. (full text)
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With his fourth therapist, the writer finally finds someone he can open up to. (full text)
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When Jovani's supportive, loving mother unexpectedly dies, he deals with her painful absence by reflecting on the values and ideas she instilled in him. (full text)
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When Alex's mom gets pregnant the both are overjoyed. But when the baby dies prematurely their relationship is challenged. (full text)
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Kaela is very close with her Uncle Luke. When she finds out he has cancer, she does her best to help him through his illness and show her love. (full text)
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Shameeka interviews a psychologist about how teens can deal with loss. (full text)
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Destiny struggles to cope with the death of her best friend—her brother Kareem. She writes about her feelings and tries to be nicer to everyone. (full text)