Never Lose Hope

By Pamela Alvarado  |   From : Pembroke Pines, FL  |   School : Everglades High School

Hi, My name is Pamela Alvarado. I am 17 years old and I am a senior in high school. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and now I live in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Ever since I was a little girl I had to watch my mom deal with her major depression and bipolar disorder. Watching my mom go through all of that really affected me. In 2013, I fell into a major depression and I had attempted suicide. I spent 90% of my time in doctor appointments with therapists, psychiatrist, psychologists, etc. After my suicide attempt I spent 1 month in a psychiatric hospital and 3 weeks in a rehabilitation center. That was a very lonely time for me. I felt like I was not worth anything. After many, many doctor appointments, I still felt like there was nothing anyone could do to help or “fix me”.
Depression is not something that you can get rid of. It is something you will always live with, you just have to learn how to manage it and cope. I would honestly love to say that I overcome depression but that’s just not realistic. I am still struggling with it everyday. But I thought i might share my story with you guys to let you know to never lose hope, to never stop believing, and to never stop fighting back because you can handle anything that goes your way. I believe, now do you?

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