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'I was just ready to die'

Dealing with depression
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: June 9, 2013

Wright didn't expect any of them would ever apologize. But about five years after high school, he got a Facebook message.

A former classmate wrote that he was sorry for the way Wright was treated. He noticed Wright's smile in his Facebook profile picture.

“That's the first time I ever saw you smile,” he wrote. “It made me realize how much sh-- we all put you through, and I'm just glad you're able to find happiness now.”

But Wright hadn't found happiness. He's working with a counselor in Tulsa to learn better ways to cope with his depression and accept himself for who he is.

“All I want to do is to be happy,” he said. “That's all I want. It doesn't have to be blissfully happy every day. Just to be OK would be nice.”