The Real Me

Over the past five years, I have struggled to come to terms with my mental health and getting help for it. I allowed it to consume me for these five years and didn’t bother to get help until the summer going into my senior year. With this piece in particular, I wanted to create a nearly cinematic look to aid in telling the story. I wanted to portray mental health without putting it directly in your face. Depression has had a tight hold on me for years, and there are good days and there are bad days. Some days I can barely convince myself to get out of bed, and there are days when I could sit somewhere and just stay there for hours. Getting help is one of the better things I’ve done, and while it is extremely scary, it is a long process; the progress doesn’t happen right away. 

By Taylor Sweeten

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