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‘I am enough’ … and so are you

By Kamryn Guye
Times-News

More than 3 million people suffer with depression. / Metro Creative Graphics

Wake up in the morning. Eat breakfast. Go to school. Go to swim practice. As easy as these tasks may sound, for someone suffering from clinical depression, these are some of the hardest things in the world. Every breath is exhausting. Every activity, draining. Both physically, mentally and spiritually.

   When I was 11, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. I was bullied relentlessly by my peers, up until my parents began to worry about me. I was threatened, followed, teased, taunted and tormented for months on end. I was even groped by another student during gym class when I was 13. But despite all this, my school opted to do nothing, thus allowing me to suffer and sparing punishment for those who taunted me.
   My parents had me in therapy from the time I was 11, up until I was 15. It didn’t really do much for me, though. I never learned how to cope with my issues. And so my depression prevailed.
   I went to high school, and things seemed to get better, at least for a while. And then, the spring of my sophomore year, I started spiraling. I finally knew what it was like to be alone. I wasn’t happy. Someone was always upset with me about something. I felt broken. Worthless. Empty. I didn’t want to go to school anymore. I didn’t care about my work. I almost flunked that entire semester in three weeks. It took me three months to fix it.
   I reached my lowest point when I started to self-harm, as a way of punishing myself for not being “good enough.” I blamed myself for not being able to reach the standard of other people.
   Depression is an illness that more than 3 million people suffer with, yet if you don’t suffer, you don’t understand what it’s like. How exhausting it is to wake
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Elon University presents ‘The Wolves’

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Elon University's Department of Performing Arts is presenting "The Wolves," a new play by Sarah DeLappe. [Scott Muthersbaugh / Perfecta Visuals

ELON — Elon University’s Department of Performing Arts will present “The Wolves,” a new play by Sarah DeLappe, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 20-22 and Feb. 4 and 2    p.m. Feb. 8, 2020, in the Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West on the Elon University campus.
    Tickets are $15 or free with Elon University identification. Reservations are recommended and can be made at elonperformingarts.com or by calling 336-278-       5610.

Poll question: What’s your favorite snow activity?

   By Emily Clark
Times-News correspondent 
   Teens & 20s recently asked teens and twenty-somethings — “what’s your favorite snow activity?”
   My dad always finds a ‘sledding’ hill or makes one with packed snow and then paves a hill for all the kids to ride down. — Autumn Mowry, senior at Burlington Christian Academy
   Making snow angels and snowmen with my little sister. — Margot Ward, senior at Burlington Christian Academy
   My grandmother and I used to make fresh snow cream. It was always the best when you scraped it right off the top. — Erin Isley, senior at Burlington Christian Academy
   I love to have snowball fights with my brothers. — Adela Murray, seventh-grader at Burlington Christian Academy
Emily Clark is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & 20s writer.

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