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The Power of Depression in Shaping our Lives: Jane Krukiel at TEDxYouth@Wilmington (Transcript)

Jane Krukiel

Jane Krukiel – TRANSCRIPT

Depression is a scary thing. Being internally locked in your mind, forever falling into the depths of yourself, hoping someone can save you is the worst feeling in the world.

Our minds are powerful things because they influence our thoughts, convince us that we are nothing. You essentially feel as if you were on the brink of existence itself, and the only escape is death. No matter how mentally strong we are, human beings will always be vulnerable to the powers of depression and the factors that cause it. Our environment, our friends, and our family affect how mentally strong we are. We can’t predict how these factors will influence us when it comes to depression.

We can be relentless and resilient in the face of depression. We must learn to manage the tremendous power of our mind. We can stand together in unity, facing this disease head on. Today, I’m going to share with you my story where I also fell into the depths of depression. My depression came as a result of not being ready for the realities of middle school.

I wasn’t fully prepared for the impact that peer pressure, expectations of conformity, and jealousy would have on me that were larger than myself. Rather than tackling these new challenges with strength and determination, I let fear, anxiety, jealousy, and worry build up inside of me like a tornado. Every single day I returned to school to a place that had fostered such feelings and emotions inside of me, and my mind took over my body. It convinced me that I was nothing in comparison to my peers, that I could never do anything to be like the person I wanted to be, and that life was too hard and difficult for my sheltered being to cope with. As a vulnerable being, like we all are, I fell into the depressions of my mind and of myself.

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