It’s Okay, It’s Normal by Christine García, 283 (Insta:@purple_starlight35)

It’s okay, it’s Normal


I had a friend tell me a story

Of how they felt so blue

And didn’t know what to do

So they went to ask their mother

Thinking she could help them cope

But the response she have made them loose all hope

“You’re a teen, it’s normal. Don’t worry, it’s a phase!

Now get back to work and bring up those dropping grades!”


ARE YOU KIDDING ME

THIS CHILD IS DEPRESSED

AND INSTEAD OF HELP AND REST

YOU BRUSH THEM OFF, CAUSING ONLY MORE STRESS!

HOW COULD YOU BE SO NAÏVE?!

HOW COULD YOU IGNORE YOUR CHILD’S SCREAMS?!


I soon learned that their mother wasn’t the only one

That society labeled our age group as “the depressed ones”

Telling the world it was a phase and would leave when we matured

It was normal and with time would be cured


The fact that this is so common is a shame

And knowing that stereotypes are the ones at blame

I come to let you know the truth

That depression should not be “normal” in our youth

Yes it is common but that should make you wonder


Why are so many teens living in a cloud of thunder?

How can I help to make my child feel joy?

Is this part of the reason they are so easily annoyed?

Cause when they tried to speak we shut them down and stole their voice?

Please understand that being depressed was not their choice.


“No one understands me!” such a typical teen phrase

But did you ever wonder why kids say this when their temper is ablaze?

Maybe cause we’re confused by the all the rules others make


They tells us to grow up but when we act “grown” we’re a disgrace

They tell us it’s okay to make mistakes but one wrong move and things are taken

They tell us to express ourselves but judge when we are different

They tell us to be open and honest with how we feel

But when they hear we are depressed they ignore us like it’s no big deal


I don’t want to waste your time so I’ll end this by saying

Depression is real

And it IS a big deal

Don’t act like it’s okay

And brush off your child’s dismay

Seek help

Whether professional or have them talk with a friend

Help break down this stereotype

And bring teen depression to an end


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