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Depression, Dealing with Demons

Depression, Dealing with Demons
I was 17 years old, my first year in 6th form, studying for A levels. I'd been pushed around, made to feel different when I just wanted to fit in, was coming to terms with going from deaf to deafblind, to being a guide dog owner and coping with all the usual things teenagers deal with. I had an untold number of professionals involved in my life and looking back now only one of those people actually tried to understand me and sadly I only saw her once a term. At my real time of need I was bullied, not just by my peers but also by the staff. I have always used my creative ability to make a point and my communication skills should have made me an easy person to support, strangely the staff spent most of their time telling me what my needs were instead of listening...
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