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My name is Lauren, and this is my story

I am 24 and I struggle with Depression

I've struggled with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember – but it wasn't until two years ago that it became a problem I could no longer ignore.I had just graduated from college and started my first full-time job as a research coordinator in a psychology laboratory at a hospital. I've always had a difficult time with transitions, but this one was particularly tough, so when my boyfriend and biggest support system at the time broke up with me unexpectedly, it felt as though my world was collapsing around me. As I made the trip back from visiting him that weekend, I texted my best friend and told her that I would rather be dead than feel the way that I felt. By the time I got to the bus station, she was there waiting with my roommate with a bag packed ready to take me to the hospital. She told me that she knew what I was feeling and that it didn't need to be that way – it didn't need to be so hard.

She was right. I slowly began to recognize that I needed help and slowly began to accept the help that the people I love were offering to me, and with the help of an incredible team of psychologists and psychiatrists (whom I am forever indebted to) I slowly started to feel better. The past two years have been filled with many ups and downs, but Project Semicolon is especially important to me because it serves to remind people of what my best friend reminded me of: my story wasn't – and still isn't – over.

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