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Discovery is parents' first move in childhood depression battle

August 26, 2011
By Connie Myer - School Bells Columnist , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

If you found your child's diary, would you read it? Marie's mother did, and it saved Marie's life. Fifteen Tylenol tablets was the only escape from the pain sixth-grader Marie could think of. She slowly swallowed the pills, then crept back to her room and crawled under her blankets, expecting to fall asleep and end it all. That night, Maria spent the bathroom with symptoms mimicking the stomach flu, and her world was still there to face the next day. That night, however, created a gut-wrenching fear in Maria's mother that something more was happening with her daughter. She was right.

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