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My adolescence was a struggle. I was navigating having two brothers with Asperger’s Syndrome, trying to fix my parent’s marriage, summoning up the courage to ask my crush out on a date, wondering if I fancied girls or boys, and needed to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
Not surprisingly, my intense desire to prove my independence and manliness landed me a very dark place. I suffered from severe clinical depression and anxiety disorder. At the height of my illness, I considered ending my own life.
This frank and funny talk is me sharing my own experience of growing up. It’s a tale of struggle and survival. Statistically, the most likely way a young person will pass away is by their own hand. This talk is a beacon for the weird kids, the lost ones, or simply those that want to know they’re not alone.
When I was fifteen, I was a silent, brooding alien. My parents knew I was struggling, but I’d only grunt in their response to their offers to help. At school, I was too focused on my crushes and friends to notice when my grades were slipping or think about my future career. Luckily, I’m now […]
I’ve worked as a professional writer for ten years. Despite warnings from teachers and career counselors, I’m yet to end up penniless and in the gutter. In this time, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and talk with many other writers. I believe there’s a key set of underlying values to most successful creative […]