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A Letter to My Depression
By , ormond beach, FL
Dear depression, Right now I sit in the halls of the psych ward wondering what I'm doing with my life. And they asked me to write this letter to you and maybe I could go home tonight . So how do you make me feel? You make me feel... (more »)
Safe Haven
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I walked through that house again and my immediate thought was that I needed to get the hell out of there. The house that I grew up in. Where I laughed, cried, and played with my family. The house where my mom was once living. The house that... (more »)
Counting Stars This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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The sun had set, and the darkness of night settled like a blanket over my room. My eyes were heavy, but I refused to allow myself to think that I was tired. I had stripped to nothing but my undergarments; a seemingly indecent, yet ironically... (more »)
Mother Knows Best This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln   My mother had been sick for as long as I could remember. When I lived in Austria, I remember visiting her in the hospital after school.... (more »)
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You Don't Know
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I was in the living room with my sister Cierra when he came home. His eyes were red and he had been crying. He usually left for work early in the morning but instead he was here at nine. I looked at my father and knew that something was... (more »)
How Did We Get Here?
By , Canoga, CA
We were friends for two years. We weren't the best of friends, but we were close at one point. He was a few years older than me, and we bonded over similar interests like hiking and our love for animals. I can look back to the first time I met... (more »)
Five Letters From Tae This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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The air isn’t cold enough for a jacket. Fall is tiptoeing in, but the summer breeze still advocates for mercury’s presence in the thermometers. It doesn’t matter anyway. My younger sister’s volleyball game is located... (more »)
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Please Leave Me Alone
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"You just need to hear this and if you want me to be out of your life forever, I'll understand. Nothing was ever a lie for me. The way I felt about you was never a lie and it never will be a lie. It won't mean anything to you and that's fine but... (more »)
Kaleidoscope of Confusion
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Towards the end of my freshman year of high school, I decided to do something that no one could predict the aftermath of with complete certainty. I had to tell my big brother I was gay. We had always been close and their was nothing I did not... (more »)
Loosing a Friend, Gaining an Enemy
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i remember those times you would call me to tell me how your day went through...it is all gone. i hate it when people talk to you, look after you, or even smile to you (in some cases) only for their personal interest. usually i just erase... (more »)
A Letter to my Brother This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Sure, it can be fun to mess with people. However, dear brother, it’s never okay to mock what another person cannot control. Tonight at dinner you ridiculed my weight. You called me fat in a tone that implied I was ugly, even disgusting.... (more »)
Fanatics and Their Fandoms This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Harry Potter. Wreck-It Ralph. The Office. Cowboy Bebop. What could a fictional video game character and a boy wizard have in common with a paper company and cowboys in space? They have fans. They have fanatics who absorb every scrap of material... (more »)
3rd Grade Tutee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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It’s a darkness of hair and a smallness of room That you bring, smiling, a small you from a small room A willingness, bigger than both your hands When you lift your head from a drawing and meet me Tell me more, why, who lives in... (more »)
Let’s Talk About Mental Health This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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When my mother first found out I was depressed, she felt a mixture of shock, sadness, and pride. She was shocked that I was, well, depressed, she was sad that I was going through a rough time, and she was proud that I could admit I wasn’t... (more »)
My Hope This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By , Petal, MS
A frustrated sigh escapes my lips as my thumb slides across the screen of my phone, revealing yet more of the ignorance that friends and family have spewed on my digital time line. At least, that’s the view from my side of the screen.... (more »)
I’m So OCD This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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“I’m so OCD,” somebody laughs, organizing her Smarties candy by color. Pink. Purple. Yellow. Pink. Purple. Yellow. Pink. Purple. Yellow. Obsessive-compulsive disorder has become the new cool thing. But OCD is anything but... (more »)
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