Ashley: A story of hope for happiness!

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Considering I am 18 years old, I realize that most people could see this and think "Well she's only 18, how many problems could she really have?". Which is basically true. I have a great home life, a few good friends, no great tragedies or troubles in my life.

With all that being said, I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Which doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. What could a girl like me possibly be depressed about? I'm not sure I fully understand it myself, but that doesn't stop the hurt, the constant night terrors, the fear of being judged by anyone and everything, the constant need to hide in my room all day. How can a mental illness keep a person in bed for days or weeks on end? Why cant't people just get up and live their lives? Why do they sit around feeling sorry for themselves? Is cutting or killing themselves really the only option?

I'm starting to realize all of the answers to those questions. Depression makes you feel like there is no escape. But there is no escape from your own mind.

I am currently seeking help for my issues and I am continuing on a better path in life. I hope others seek help before they get this way and realize there is hope!

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