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The Sad Little Girl~A Poem

Linda's two favorite passions in life are writing and cooking. Her cooking skills were taught by her dear father when she was a young girl.

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Childhood Depression

Her legs are like rubber, her head feels confused

The weight of the world crushes and leaves her all bruised

with such chaos at home it seems nothing looks nice

She has no one to talk to or ask for advice

She feels invisible to the world and those all around her

Why cant anyone see me, am I just a blur

She see's a dark world where there is no sun

Life is depressing with no chance of fun

She wonders if daylight will ever come through

She see's only pain in her little girl view

Her world is so lonely, she doesn't feel strong

I am a nothing and I don't belong

Why won't someone see me and help me get up

I'm slipping away like a half empty cup

I notice kids playing and laughing at school

Why can't I feel good, this world is so cruel

Help me dear Lord so they don't see me cry

I don't want to live but I'm too scared to die

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Childhood Depression

Although most of my classmates would tell you I was a happy child, that was not always the case. I grew up in a dysfunctional family of two alcoholic parents. I learned how to survive the chaos and uncertainty, but depression and anxiety was a by product of my difficult childhood. I've learned strategies to help me live a fulfilling life despite the depression and anxiety; including eventually getting on an anti-depressant.

Childhood Depression

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. The difference between the blues and clinical depression is 'Persistance'
    • True
    • False
  2. Great concentration is a sign of depression
    • True
    • False
  3. Change in appetite is one of the signs of depression
    • True
    • False
  4. There is no cure for depression
    • True
    • False
  5. There is no such thing as childhood depression
    • True
    • False

Answer Key

  1. True
  2. False
  3. True
  4. False
  5. False

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© 2010 Linda Rogers

Comments

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 24, 2012:

That is a very sad thing that these people have no one to depend on. I thank God daily that I was put on this earth with a twin sister. She is my rock and best friend. I can tell her everything. I feel so sad about how many people may be feeling so sad and alone as adults.

Shell Vera from Connecticut, USA on August 24, 2012:

So sad. I had some conversations with people Wednesday who I had never met before then. I was saddened by their stories of feeling as though they had nothing and no one in this world. They were normal people that looked like they would have had a strong social circle and yet they shared there wasn't anyone they could depend upon. They felt alone, burdened by life, and like there was no hope. It was really heartbreaking for me. I wonder how many people start as this little girl you write about and never tell anyone, never find a good friend, and end up becoming adults like them who feel so alone?

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 04, 2012:

quietinstrumental-Back when I was an elementary kid in the 70's, the teachers weren't trained to see childhood depression or other issues. I look back and remember I felt like I was in a dark tunnel, just going through the motions. With so much going on at home, school was tough for me in those days. I think it's great your friend is going to be a guidance counselor and help kids that are feeling alone. If a kid feels listened to, they don't feel as alone in their pain.

quietinstrumental on July 04, 2012:

Heartbreakingly well-expressed. A close friend of mine is training to be an elementary school guidance counselor; this makes me think of him and of the need for greater awareness in general, as such cases go unnoticed more often than many would think.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 25, 2012:

Audrey-that is so sweet of you to come back and read my poem again. I see you have had similar experience with this topic and I am sorry for that. I am touched that you think I'm gifted-You made my day my friend :-)

Audrey Howitt from California on April 24, 2012:

I came back for another peek at this one Linda--Child abuse is such a difficult thing to deal with--both for the child and for the grown child later in life--I hope that writing helps--you have a gift

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 23, 2012:

You just gave me major goosebumps with your comment. I feel the same way Rahul-Writing is such a privilege and a blessing. It is one of my tools to combat depression.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 23, 2012:

I think childhood depression is more common than we'd like to think. I had a lot going on at home and it caused me great pain. I am blessed to be a happy adult with bouts of depression but no longer feel consumed by it.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on April 23, 2012:

You are absolutely right my friend!!.... In my personal senses I believe... when the soul is broken... silver blood flows... this blood... is ink ... privileged to write poetry... over the universe

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 23, 2012:

Rahul-I believe that those of us that have pain in childhood have deep emotions, big hearts and soulful poetry. Pain often teaches lessons and can be a big part of who we become. I know I am grateful for the little things.

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on April 23, 2012:

Awww, it is very sad...but I got through until the end of your poem. Beautifully composed. Thank you for sharing. Voted and will share!

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on April 23, 2012:

It seems you have portrayed a part of my life, my childhood here! I relate so well to it! I have seen it all... felt it all... and came out of it

Nostalgic... brings tears to my eyes by the beauty of it...

Love :)

Rahul

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 01, 2012:

Thanks Shaun-Depression stinks and I was a very depressed child with lots going on at home. Back then the school system didn't know how to assess for depressed kids. Thanks so much for checking out my poem.

Shaun75 from Edison on March 01, 2012:

Awesome but its true! beautifully explore ....:)

NightFlower on January 20, 2012:

I did and hope you had the same thank you -smile

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 19, 2012:

Sad but so very true. Hope you had a great day NightFlower.

NightFlower on January 19, 2012:

and you know what...you don't have to have personally experienced it to know that it happens. You You hear and read about the results of it somewhere everyday unless you're a nomad/recluse. Usually there is a friend or a less immediate family member going through it.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 18, 2012:

Thanks NightFlower-Ya, addiction has a way of ruining lives. I've seen way too many lives lost and/or ruined because of addiction.

NightFlower on January 18, 2012:

You're welcomed and it is understandable because it has often been said that if there is an "addict" of any form within the home then it effects the entire family. I'm sorry to hear you suffered a second hand addiction growing up and I sympathize. It is sad when children are in the middle.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 18, 2012:

Aww, thanks for your sweet comment. Had some tough times as a kid as my parents were alcoholics. It left me confused, angry and sad. I didn't understand what it was I was feeling but learned as I got older I was a very depressed child. Though I will always struggle with depression, it is much more under control and I'm an adult with options now. Thanks so much for reading my poem. It means a lot :-)

NightFlower on January 18, 2012:

Don't make me cry or want to hurt somebody...I don't like nobody mistreating the babies. Sure way to get me upset but the poem is on point Minn.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on December 12, 2011:

Hi wearenotthesame00. I'm sorry you can relate to this as well. Sadness, depression, anxiety, etc... are painful ways to go through life but it sure makes you strong and grateful for the good times and good things in life. Thanks for your nice comment :-)

wearenotthesame00 from My Own Fantasy World... on December 11, 2011:

I can relate to this. (: I love it. Very deep and emotive. Nicely written.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on December 10, 2011:

Wow homesteadbound-I have tears in my eyes-not only because of your understanding of my pain but also for your pain and experiences with loss. I agree that when you go through painful experiences, you know how to count all the blessings. Thanks for stopping by and making my day :-)

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on December 10, 2011:

"I don't want to live but I'm too scared to die" - those words echo through the halls of my soul. As a child I felt them. As a teenager, I felt them. As an adult, I felt them.

I too grew up in an alcoholic home-an abusive home. Depression has been a constant companion. But I have survived, even the abandonment of my mother again, once at the age of 6 and again at the age of 50. There is only so much a soul can bear. But God is good and has given me much to be thankful for. It is just hard sometimes, when life has extra heartache and pain to hand out when you are head of the line.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on December 10, 2011:

AWW, thanks PDX. I think it's sweet you checked back in with me :-)

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on December 10, 2011:

so glad to hear that all is well now!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on December 02, 2011:

She was me :-( I had a very chaotic childhood. My parents were alcoholics. I was a very depressed kid but all is well now :-)

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on December 02, 2011:

very sad work. Why is she so sad, I wonder?

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 17, 2011:

I'm sorry you had a hard childhood too. Makes me sad :-(

Audrey Howitt from California on November 17, 2011:

i also had a difficult childhood--so I could really relate to this sad little girl

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 17, 2011:

Thank you Audrey for your warm comments. I was a really depressed child because of a chaotic home. Both parents were alcoholic. I didn't even know how to name my depression and back then, teachers really didn't know much about it. Thanks so much for reading my poem :-)

Audrey Howitt from California on November 17, 2011:

I didn't read all of the comments above, but there is a real sense of honest feeling in this poem--a sad place to be as a child--and yet, I understand it--I think too many children know this feeling set--

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 25, 2011:

It is funny breathe2travel how our tough childhood's or life struggles actually becomes a positive force in our lives. I ended up in the counseling field because of it and it's right where I belong. Pain can bring healing and opportunity.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 25, 2011:

Aww, thanks Kathy, I appreciate your caring comment. The good news is we are both happy adults. We had a pretty rough childhood which caused me depression and a lot of confusion. Although I do still struggle with depression at times, it is much more in control as I know what it is now and what to do about it.

Heidi from Gulf Coast, USA on August 25, 2011:

My heart wrenched as your words entered my mind...

A soul should never this torment, sorrow or abandonment find.

Fleeting moments of similar pain attempted to wrap me in vain -- thankfully, oh, thankfully, we did survive -- and beyond that, we learned to thrive.

Kathy from The beautiful Napa Valley, California on August 24, 2011:

Oh, my goodness...there is so much pain in this poem...I hate the thought of a little one feeling so badly..no one should ever feel this way...I just scrolled down to write this comment and saw Healing touch, your sister's comment...I am very sorry that sweet little ones had to go through such sorrow. Bless the both of you!~ Kathy

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on May 20, 2011:

Thanks Dim Flaxenwick. I'm glad schools are more educated now to see signs of depression in children so they can get them help.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on May 19, 2011:

So sweet, so sad, so true of so many of us. Insecurity is a terrible thing.

You worded it beautifully.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 23, 2011:

ahorseback-God Bless you for your warm words. I sure do hope I can reach someone out there struggling that feel alone.

ahorseback on April 23, 2011:

The worse thing adults can do is to make a child live within their own heart , its too big a place for those so young , often they don't ever make it out. Perhaps with your words even one child might grow out of that place. Beautiful.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 22, 2011:

Oh, I know Randy but I still get sad. We made it but I hope things are easier for them today and they get the intervention they need instead of feeling so alone. Yae for us Now. Woohoo!!!

Randy Behavior from Near the Ocean on April 22, 2011:

But we were both were her and look how great we turned out :D

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 22, 2011:

I know Randy, it so sad to think about.

Randy Behavior from Near the Ocean on April 22, 2011:

Makes me wonder at the little girls at my daughter's school. Which ones are tortured little souls?

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 22, 2011:

Dear Eiddwen-I am happy to report that although I had a tough childhood and was depressed, I am a very happy adult. School teachers and others in the day weren't trained to see the symptoms of depression. God bless:)

Eiddwen from Wales on April 22, 2011:

Hi this sad but a hub that many of us can relate to.However so many were sad children but grew up to be happy adults.

I know I did.

Thank you for sharing.

Take care,

Eiddwen.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 21, 2011:

Thank you Tammy, I appreciate it. I was a sad little girl and schools back then didn't know much about signs of depression in young children.

Tammy Barnette on April 21, 2011:

What a beautiful and heart breaking story. Made me cry and count my blessings.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 31, 2011:

Oh Sunnie, I bet you see this a lot as a school nurse. The good thing is schools are better educated to understand the symptoms of depression and can intervene to help the child. In my day, they weren't trained to see the symptoms, so they couldn't do anything about it. So glad your in the schools.

Sunnie Day on March 31, 2011:

So sad. As a school nurse I am afraid I know this little girl too well. Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.

Sunnie

Hattie from Europe on March 30, 2011:

Yeah the sisterhood! :) lol Love it!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 30, 2011:

Ya, I grew up pretty fast with all the dysfunction in my childhood and I had adults telling me I was wise beyond my years. Not the best way to become wise but it does mold you into who you are and who you become. I chose to take the pain and use it to help others so it wouldn't be in vain. Man is this sharing with you two women, ever healing. AAHH, feels so nice:) Glad to know we are all survivors of what life threw our way. We are blessed to have come out of it with such awareness and peace.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 30, 2011:

I have always been a believer that everything happens for a reason and if we can look at the positive's to our struggles, then we can use it to help others and figure out God's plan. I can't tell you how my struggles in life have made me a better person and shaped who I am. Wow, are you and I ever kindred spirits. So cool:)

Cracknutcase from India,bangalore on March 30, 2011:

I can understand... Grown ups more often than not have a hard time figuring out the fact that kids do feel lonely and depressed.. I quite remember going for psychoanalysis all by myself after my mum's death, I was just 11yrs old back then and the shrink was actually surprised that a kid could feel so much...

I'm glad u over came the hurdles of ur life and are happy now... May u remain so forever...

Hattie from Europe on March 30, 2011:

Exactly! It's amazing when we go through it we don't see the plan ahead and how God can use us in others lives, but when we get there we can look back and see how we are a blessing to them today! :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 30, 2011:

I so agree with that concept. It's like an alcoholic who counsels those with addictions. They (counselor's) get it and the client feels safe with them because of it. It always helps when we humans know that we are not alone in our plights and struggles.

Hattie from Europe on March 30, 2011:

Yeah same here with Social work, but probably makes us better counselors! We've been there and done that! No where they are, and like someone once told me, without experiencing the client doesn't feel comfortable with you because they don't think you understand. So they don't always take your counseling as valid, but if you have been there than they are more apt to listen to you.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 30, 2011:

Hi Cracknutcase-Yes, I was a sad little girl with so much going on at home and noone knew or didn't know what to do about in those days. So glad I'm an adult now and can name what it was: Depression. Probably why I was interested in Psychology and got my Bachelor and Master's degree in it. Very healing:)

Hattie from Europe on March 30, 2011:

Yeah, it's something you don't understand why you feel it, or going through it. Than they all just look at you like what's wrong with you! lol

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 30, 2011:

Absolutely Hattie- I see too how, when I was a little girl, teachers were not trained to see depressed children and what to do about it. I was one bummed out little girl and didn't know how to name it.

Cracknutcase from India,bangalore on March 30, 2011:

Heart wrenching yet beautiful and very nicely done.. At some point of time, we've all felt this way.. I can relate well to it..

Thanks for writing and sharing this with the rest of us...

Take care and keep smiling :)))))

Hattie from Europe on March 30, 2011:

Yeah something I can relate to as well, people just miss who you are as they are to busy, or just not paying attention to who you are. They miss your presence and essence.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 10, 2011:

Thanks so much crazybeanrider for your kind words about the poem. Even sad poetry is healing to write. Happy New Year:)

Boo McCourt from Washington MI on January 10, 2011:

So sad a little girl has to suffer such sorrow. You captured the essence of a little girl trapped in sadness beautifully.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 28, 2010:

Hmrjmr1-Thank you for such a nice compliment. I really appreciate hearing what people think of my poetry. Thanks for taking out time to read my work and comment. Have a great night.

Hmrjmr1 from Georgia, USA on August 28, 2010:

Very powerful words lass. More great stuff!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 04, 2010:

jandee-What a lovely compliment from you. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading some of my hubs. It means a lot.

jandee from Liverpool.U.K on August 04, 2010:

Incredible ! It makes me so angry that a child should feel this way !! Min you should be so proud to illustrate it so well,best from jandee

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 03, 2010:

swosugard-Thanks for stoppin by and giving me a nice comment. Much appreciated.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 01, 2010:

Thanks Nellieanna-That means a lot to me!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on June 30, 2010:

So very heartfelt. . . and generous of you to share.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 30, 2010:

Thx for your heartfelt comments Tara.

Tara Tufford from Columbus, Ohio on June 27, 2010:

This is sad but very pretty. It makes me think of all those children that really do feel this way at such a young age...because of family life at home or because of where they were born in this world. It also made me feel lucky to have what I have.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 26, 2010:

She sure did, thx Tkumah

Tkumah on June 26, 2010:

So may kind souls suffer from the cruelty of this world.

I hope that, that little girl grew up to be a talented and beautiful woman who brings joy to others.

swosugrad09 from Oklahoma on June 26, 2010:

This is so sad. Beautifully written though.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 25, 2010:

Thanks sister-I made it through because of you.

Laura Arne from Minnetonka, MN on June 25, 2010:

Wow twinhead, you summed up our childhood perfectly.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 25, 2010:

Thank You Alecialynne-I was a sad child but turned out to be a Happy Adult. Thx for your comment.

alecialynne from Florida on June 25, 2010:

I use to feel like that when I was a little girl. I can relate. Very strong!

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