My Story: Jenna Stamm

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

My Story: Jenna StammI was a junior in high school. I had been bullied in every grade and this year was no different. It all began with a substitute teacher. Two boys in my class were very vulgar, so I moved to my own group. I thought I wouldn't have to deal with them, but I was wrong. They became worse. They would say things like, "Jenna, come back. Every other group has a vagina. We need one too!" Those words are still in my brain and I cannot shake them. Thinking back to then, I almost cry. After those words word came out of his mouth, I fell. I skipped school or would leave before that class. Then the suicidal thoughts came and I knew I needed help.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

I've had to change who I allow into my life and who I leave out. Not everyone is best for what I need and not all of them could possibly understand what I’m feeling.

Who has been there for you? How?

My family and neighbors are the only ones who are still here for me. I used to have some friends who were there for me as well, but they assumed I got better and left me. They didn't just leave me, they dropped me completely and acted as though I didn't exist.

Each year I improve greatly and miss fewer things.

Never hold anything back. if you need to cry, cry - don't keep it bottled up.

Never hold anything back. if you need to cry, cry - don't keep it bottled up.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

I am proud that I've made it three years without harming myself. Each year I improve greatly and miss fewer things.

What's your advice to someone else living with Depression?

My advice to anyone living with depression is that you are not alone and never will be. I used to push people away, but when I let them in, although it was hard, I improved. Never hold anything back; if you need to cry, cry. It doesn't matter if you have a reason, all that matters is that you don't keep it bottled up.

You are not alone and never will be.

Is there anything else we should know?

I lost interest in my pride and joy, Scouts. It was the worst thing I could ever lose interest in.

About Jenna Stamm

My Story: Jenna Stamm
I am 18 years old and have had depression since I was 16. I'm on vine so I can show others it's okay to be yourself. I am working on getting a blog, but i haven't yet.

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