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How Seeing My Childhood With Mental Illness in the Media Has Helped My Recovery

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Growing up in the foster care system, I did not have anyone who had grown up with an experience similar to mine. It took a negative toll on my mental health and caused me to experience depression and anxiety.

No one I knew had experienced foster care, let alone suffered the death of two parents by the age of 9. Everyone in my circle had their parents.

Everyone’s parents looked young. I felt alone and lost in the world — isolated and ashamed. I did not have the representation of foster care or mental illnesses that we have today.

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