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kayleighj aged 23
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Female , 23

i'm 16 and have just left school. i have suffered depression for 3 years. when i was 8 my dad left us for another woman. a few years later my mum remarried to a man who turned out to be emotionally abusive to me and my sister and physically abusive towards my mum. we left him 2 years ago but i now suffer from depression as a result of this abuse.

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I have suffered from depression for 3 years now and it has been a huge struggle. Now that i am older i have more understanding of depression and how to cope with it. A while ago i went out of controll but now i know that instead of bottling things up and sinking into a "dark period" you should fix things before it gets to this. I know that the depression won't go away over night and that some days will be worse than others but eventually you learn how to cope and hopefully one day the depression will go.

Depression makes you feel lonely and made me isolate myself from everybody. Thankfully i sorted myself out before i went completely out of controll and i am now slowly rebuilding my life.

domestic violence

When i was 11 my step dad started emotionally abusing me, my sister and my mum. I spent many night curled up in bed when he would come in drunk and physically abuse my mum.

Domestic violence is hard to deal with anyway, but when your 11 you don't know what it is that your suppost to do and i never realised that i should have called the police.

Now we are safely away from him but his presence is clearly visible in my family.

I still have nightmares but i have learned how to not be afraid of these or him and i am finally coping and moving on slowly as time goes by.

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I have become a mentor on horsesmouth because what helps me best is talking to people who are/have been in similar situations and want to share my experiences and advice. I want to help others learn how to cope and i want to show people that you can overcome depression.

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