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Finding Focus
Trauma made it hard to do my school work
author image The author has trouble paying attention in school. She is put on various drugs, but educational and emotional supports end up helping her more.

I hated school from the 1st grade until my first year of high school because I was bullied. I also was being abused at home... [more]

Finding Your Well-Being Finding Your Well-Being
Anxiety: Invader in My Brain - Overcoming Bulimia - Therapy Stopped the Cycle of Abuse - Foods That Calm Stress - Drugged Against My Will - PLUS - Win $350!
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FEATURED STORIES
Invader in My Brain Victor has had anxiety attacks since he was 9 and also has depression. He describes the methods he's used to feel better, including therapy, medication, exercise, and mindfulness. [more]
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Talking to Your Doctor About Medication Dr. Fadi Haddad explains why and how he makes the decision to put psychiatric patients younger than 18 on psychotropic medication. [more]
Medicated Against My Will 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. [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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