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7 October 2016, 17:19
It's not always black and white.
It's not always easy to talk about teenage mental health, but it's important. If you're a teenager or know a teenager living with depression or anxiety, here are a few things you should know.
Suspecting that you may be depressed no longer has the same stigma that it used to.
Don't allow people to convince you that you're just "lazy" or unambitious.
Olly Alexander has been quite open about his own battle with anxiety.
Being a teenager is f***ing horrible for a lot of people, anyway… depression and anxiety on top of that becomes a very layered, complicated thing. [...] I got to a point where I wouldn’t go to school, and wouldn’t get out of bed. I would have panic attacks. I was really bad, shaking, crying and hyperventilating. [...] I’m on medication now, but for anxiety more than anything, and still see a therapist.Olly Alexander
Shame, fear, and isolation are just some of the ways mental health stigma can manifest itself in people experiencing mental health struggles.