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Medicated Against My Will
I was sad, not mentally ill
author image A.C. goes into care and misses her mom. She's sad and lonely, not psychotic, but she gets put on powerful psychotropic drugs. Finally, she gets a new psychiatrist who listens to her and takes her off the meds.

On June 6, 2008, I became a foster child. I was 11 years old. At the beginning of that day I did not know what foster care was, but I knew something was wrong... [more]

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Facing Down Gay Discrimination Eric struggles with cruel teasing because he's effeminate. He wonders why that upsets people so much and tries to make peace with one of his tormenters. [more]
Can I Keep Both My Family and My Religion? When she first goes into foster care, Hollie discover the Jehovah's Witness religion. It provides an alternative family and helps her cope with her losses, but not everyone in her life likes her new direction. [more]
Material Girl, Spiritual Girl The author is a Christian and she also loves fashion. She worries that being materialistic is a sin, but she can't give up her desire for great outfits. [more]
Staff Shout-Out Robert describes how his therapist helped him face the pain from his father's abuse, neglect, and abandonment. She also helps Robert envision a better future. [more]
Q&A: Healthy Relationships Natasha interviews therapist Rebecca Weston about how to keep family trauma in your past from messing up your new relationships. [more]
Bronx Bombers: Graffiti in NYC Robert visits an art exhibit of graffiti in New York and describes his lifelong relationship to this homegrown art form. [more]
Renaming Myself Christina feels unconnected to her name. She doesn't know her father, her mother abused her, and her last name can probably be traced back to slavemasters. She tries out some new names. [more]
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The Fairest of Them All Jessica experiences racism and internalizes it. A natural hair blog and a growing understanding of society help her see that black is beautiful. [more]
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Daydreaming and Reality Anthony had a rough childhood and often retreated into daydreams to escape abuse. As he grows up, he pushes himself to live more in reality. [more]
Choosing Who I Let In Zakkiaya's biological family neglects and abuses her. It's not until she enters a group home that she find "sisters" and a caseworker "Mom." [more]
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