My Drama Can Be Bought
"D.N.A.- Nothing Would Ever Be The Same" by Ey Wade on Ganxy
I just had to write this...
I wonder how you know when you are depressed. It is hard getting over a loss. Takes time, understanding from others, and the faith in yourself to know you will make it through. I think by now you know my issues. I still have to share sometimes because, hey I'm eighteen and a piece of paper with tear filled, scribbled lines is the closest I have to friends at the moment. At eighteen, when life is such a drama, a rainbow is hard to envision.
A drink was definitely needed. Pulling out a bottle, opening it and taking a swig of its contents straight from the bottle brought on a roar of approval from the crowd. The next thing she remembered was waking up the next morning in her parents' bed. As soon as she opened her eyes fragmented memories from the night before flooded her mind and she began to cry.
She cried in the shower as she dressed and more so as she made an attempt to clean the game room. The house was totally quiet except for the sounds of her sobs. When the doorbell rang and Giante' stood in front of her she ran into his arms and cried. She didn't see his mom there, but when he transferred her from his arms into his mother's she never stopped crying.
For days it was as if she did nothing but cry. She dutifully planned the funeral for her family with the help of the lawyer.
After a few days the visitors stopped coming around and she was left alone to absorb her new life. And it sucked. She spent her every waking moment alone and curled into a ball on her dad's side of the bed feeling as if all of her strength had been zapped from her body. She couldn't find the energy to cook let alone eat. At times the pressure to keep her heart beating was as much effort as remembering to breathe.
. If she compared it to the time she was hospitalized with pneumonia the pain in her chest was ten times worse. She wanted to die. The only comfort was to press her face into her father's pillows and drag the odor of his body deep into her lungs. There were no comforting tasks to help her deal with the loss of her brothers. When she was holed up in her parents' room it was like being in another world. The room was really a suite of rooms consisting of the entire third floor. Easier to endure its confines because she'd rarely visited her parents there. Death was a little easier to accept. But when it came to the second floor and her brothers rooms it was a totally different story. The boys had always kept the house loud and lively with their music, friendly arguing, and constant stream of friends. She dreaded the idea of going inside their rooms. The memory of the happy times drowned by the sorrow of their absence and the worry that they could be alive and injured.
~Poor Debney has now entered the world of depression. There are millions who visit and sometimes, stay there. It is not a place you can always enter and leave quickly. It hits everyone differently, Do you know the signs so that you may at least 'be' a comforter? VISIT-> http://m.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/depression.html?
Here are some of the things people notice with depression: Negative feelings and mood. Depression involves feeling a negative, low mood for weeks or more. Someone with depression might feel unusually sad, discouraged, or defeated. He or she may feel hopeless, helpless, or alone. Some people feel guilty, unworthy, rejected, or unloved. Any or all of these emotions can be part of a depressed mood.
Depression doesn't always cause people to feel mostly sad, though. For some people, depression shows up as a lasting mood of feeling irritable, easily annoyed, angry, or alienated. Negative thinking. When somebody has depression, it can cloud everything. The world looks bleak, and the person's thoughts reflect that hopelessness and helplessness. This can make a person think things will never get better, that problems are too big to solve, that nothing can improve the situation, or that nothing matters. People with depression tend to have negative and self-critical thoughts. They may believe they are worthless and unlovable — even though that's not true.
Depression can cause someone to think that life isn't worth living. That can lead people with depression to think about harming themselves or about ending their own life. Low energy and motivation. People with depression may feel tired, drained, or exhausted. They might even move more slowly or take longer to do things. It can feel as if everything requires more effort. People who feel this way might have trouble motivating themselves to do or care about anything.
Concentration. Depression can make it hard to concentrate and focus. It might be hard to complete schoolwork, pay attention in class, remember lessons, or stay focused on what others say. Physical symptoms. People can feel depression in their bodies as well as their minds. Some people have an upset stomach or loss of appetite. Some might gain or lose weight. Some people notice headaches and sleeping problems when they're depressed. Social withdrawing. Because of feelings of sadness and low energy, people with depression may pull away from friends and family or from activities they once enjoyed. This usually makes them feel more lonely and isolated. That can make the depression and negative thinking worse.
Depression Can Go Unrecognized People with depression may not realize they are depressed. Because self-critical thinking is part of depression, some people might mistakenly think of themselves as a failure, a bad student, a quitter, a slacker, a loser, or a bad person. Because depression might affect how a person acts, it can be misunderstood as a bad attitude. Other people may think the person isn't trying or not putting in any effort. For example, a negative or irritable mood can cause someone to act more argumentative, disagreeable, or angry. That can make the person seem difficult to get along with or cause others to keep their distance. Low motivation, low energy, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of "why bother?" can lead someone to skip classes or school. Some people with depression have other problems as well. These can intensify feelings of worthlessness or inner pain. For example, people who cut themselves or who have eating disorders or who go through extreme mood changes may have unrecognized depression. When depression is recognized and treated, it often clears the way for other problems to get treated, too.
In the spirit of Juno by Diablo Cody-
D.N.A. is the story of a teen surviving through the
questionable death of her highly dysfunctional family,
bullying from peers,and an unplanned pregnancy.
D.N.A. pulls no punches at being
an NA drama filled with
angst, heartbreak, suspense and deep
My Life on the Brink
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But in this case it did and author Ey Wade did an excellent job with the plot and the emotional aspect.
I mentioned a dysfunctional family earlier, but the nice thing about this story is you don't realize the severity until the story unfolds. From every corner of her life Debney is challenged, and to see how she handles it...well you need to pick up this novel and if you know a teenager, place one in their hands for required reading.
Ms. Wade rolls out this story beautifully with impeccable timing. I was so engrossed and totally shocked at Debney's mother...the real reason I believe this book is called D.N.A.
A highly recommended read!
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