Adults of reddit who were depressed kids or teens, what is it like to be here when you didn't expect to make it this far? What would you tell your younger self if you could?

I'm not sure that it gets easier. You just get better at being yourself over time. I hated most of my youth, considered suicide daily, self-harmed.

I think what I needed to hear more than anything else at that time was, "You're right." Life is brutal, and difficult, and people aren't really that great.

But some people are really cool. And not everything is your responsibility. Just find things you like, and do them. Be more selfish. I know that seems irresponsible - But put on your own oxygen mask first, or you're not helping anyone.

Depression means that you're bad at taking care of you. I'm still pretty bad at taking care of me. But it's going ok :). It's going a little better all the time. And I'm glad I stuck around.

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