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Walking through the day means nursing a universe of emptiness cradled between the chest and stomach

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I’ve dealt with chronic depression and anxiety my entire life. The earliest memories of feeling “down” or having suicidal ideations started when I was 13 years old — around the time many people with a chronic disorder begin to experience symptoms.

I never knew what was wrong with me. The…

My first taste changed my life at 14. Now I’ve found peace without it.

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I had my first taste of alcohol at the impressionable age of 14.

Shortly after my birthday, I stayed the night at a friend’s house on Coney Island. My friend’s father was a neighborhood mechanic who ran a shack of a garage. He always had a steady flow of older-model…

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