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This Is My Son, Tyler’s Story

Dear Lindsay,
   I would like to write my story.  Word needs to get out that this can happen to anyone.  The stigma of depression and suicide is what , many times, keeps people from getting help. We need to talk about it more so that those that need help will reach out just as you would with any illness.  The statistics tell a story in itself. Thanks for your help.
Michelle

 Lindsay,
   Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond back to you. This is my sons’ story. 

   In 2008 my 21 year old son, Tyler, took his life.  He was an honor student at a local university.  He was very popular and a member of a fraternity.  He was athletic and loved life guarding & playing soccer.  He was diagnosed as ADD at a very young age. At 19 he started seeing a psychiatrist who diagnosed him with ADD and mood disorder. During his junior year at college he started having anxiety too. 

Dear Lindsay,
   I would like to write my story.  Word needs to get out that this can happen to anyone.  The stigma of depression and suicide is what , many times, keeps people from getting help. We need to talk about it more so that those that need help will reach out just as you would with any illness.  The statistics tell a story in itself. Thanks for your help.
Michelle

 
Dear Lindsay,
   Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond back to you. This is my sons’ story. 

   In 2008 my 21 year old son, Tyler, took his life.  He was an honor student at a local university.  He was very popular and a member of a fraternity.  He was athletic and loved life guarding & playing soccer.  He was diagnosed as ADD at a very young age. At 19 he started seeing a psychiatrist who diagnosed him with ADD and mood disorder. During his junior year at college he started having anxiety too. 

   He had a break-up of a relationship with a girl he dated for over a year.  He was very distraught. He saw the psychiatrist and a psychologist who were helping him.  He was taking an antidepressant.  He seemed to be handling things okay but wanted to go to school full-time during the summer to try to graduate early and go on to finish another degree in Engineering.  He was pushing himself. 

   After seeing the psychiatrist he was put on a anti-anxiety medicine.  This is when he seemed to go downhill. One day he texted the ex-girlfriend and said he tried to kill himself but “don’t tell anyone”.  She did not get him help and he killed himself the next day. 
  
   We must get the word out for those who have a friend in trouble to tell someone such as a parent, teacher, police or someone who can get them immediate help. 

   My sons’ life could have easily been saved.  It was unfortunate and hopefully taught a lesson to the 1200 people who attended his funeral. 
 
   And, that is my story. I want to get the word out to people that depression and suicide need to be talked about. Once we stop the stigma of surrounding these subjects, maybe we can save lives.
  Honoring my son Tyler,
    Michelle

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