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Mental Health

Gasping, trying to get air.


My lungs fill with water as I try reaching the surface.


It’s no use. Something is pulling me deeper and deeper.


I scream for help, but nothing comes out.


It’s just no use.


My heart begins to ache and my eyes begin to shut,

but just as soon as I stop trying whatever is pulling me began to let go.


With all of my energy, I swim back to the top only to reveal

the bold- yellow sun that filled the sky with the deep color of rubies, setting the clouds ablaze.


All of a sudden, all of my fears drop and I just float there,

staring at this big, bright beautiful star that warms my soul.


I believe that mental health should be taken more seriously because I think that therapy can be too expensive. OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) are just two mental illnesses that can ruin somebody’s life by affecting their school/work performances, relationships with people, and overall motivation levels. It also affects sleep patterns, the quality of your diet and much more.