Healed of depression

Originally appeared online in the teen series: Trending - December 15, 2020

Most days during my sophomore and junior years of high school I didn’t want to go to school, didn’t feel like engaging with friends, and was uncommunicative with my family. It seemed as though all was dark, and I felt fearful about almost everything. I was struggling with depression.

My parents tried their best to help me. My mother talked with me about passages from the Bible and from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I’d grown up reading both of these books, and they had healed me in the past. I was also attending Christian Science Sunday School and would feel comforted as I listened to the teacher and other students talk about God and many inspiring Bible stories. 

And yet, as quickly as the comfort would come, it would disappear. It felt as though I could never quite outrun the fearful and downward-spiraling thoughts. I even contemplated suicide, thinking I would finally find peace. 

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