Part 3 starts at 15 years old. I was a newly single sophomore who was, unbeknownst to me, developing crippling depression and anxiety disorders. I started hanging out with seniors who could drive and going out to local shows where my friends' bands would be performing.
"Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.Some forms of depression are slightly different, or they may develop under unique circumstances." –National Institute of Mental Health
When you have a bad day, there is nothing like going down the YouTube rabbit hole of puppy videos to make you feel better. While watching puppy videos is a good short-term tactic for lifting a bad mood, science has found that incorporating the following activities into your life helps create longer-lasting happiness — after you’re done watching the videos, of course.
A boy who teased me in elementary school was accepted to the same magnet middle school I was in sixth grade. The middle schools in my district were horrific, and parents fought tooth and nail to get their “gifted” children into magnet schools. We had two STEM magnet schools and two art magnet schools in the area. At my school you had to choose an art major which was your priority. Most of the “cooler” kids did drama or dance, some of them did art. The “others” did choir, band, orchestra.