Posts by Marianne Brennan

Marianne Brennan Ayers is a writer and children’s librarian. She has a master’s in library science from St. John’s University, and a BA in literature from Ramapo College. Besides writing, Marianne enjoys drawing, reading, and hiking. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and dog. You can find more of her writing on her blog at mariannebrennanayers.com.

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How I Feel the Best I Can Despite My Struggles with Depression and Anxiety

“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” ~John Green

I remember being fifteen. I was a high school freshman who loved drawing, books, Harry Potter, and Taylor Swift. I hated math class with a passion. I had a loving family and a small white dog named Maddie. I wanted to be a writer, and to have a boyfriend. I also wanted to die.

It started in seventh grade, when my best friend, Meghan, dumped me. You hear about romantic breakups all the time, but no one seems to talk about friendship breakups. They hurt a …