Conquering Depression: How I Became My Own Hero


Hunter Kent is a senior at Cape Elizabeth High School. She has a profound passion for helping others. After a long journey to find inner peace and happiness, she aspires to share her internal love with the rest of the world. She is proud of her involvement and leadership in the Natural Helpers program. She also enjoys creative writing, art and photography, and her time as a member of the GSTA. Outside of school, Hunter finds happiness in hiking and camping, climbing mountains with friends, reading and writing, and documenting her journey of recovery on Instagram. After graduation, she is considering going to school to learn how to facilitate Wilderness Therapy and to study Adventure Education and Environmental Studies.

The Disappearing Girl

Media, peers, and even parents send teenage girls dangerously conflicting messages about what it means to look and act just right and to be good, hip, attractive, and desired. Frighteningly, everyday events can start a teen on a downward spiral. The rate of depression in teens is alarming, and parents and adults must understand the difference between “adolescent angst” and trouble.

The Disappearing Girl explores:

• Why silence reflects a girl’s desperate wish for inclusion, not isolation
• Recognizing signals of problem behavior
• Vulnerabilities in dating, friendships, school, and family
• Signs of girls’ hope

Dr. Machoian also offers guidance for:
Parents and other adults—on starting meaningful conversations with girls and helping them navigate mixed messages in their lives, develop their identity, make healthy decisions, and build resilience that will empower them throughout life.

Combining twenty years of research, teaching, psychotherapy, and working with parents, teachers, therapists, social workers, counselors, caregivers, and teens, Dr. Machoian’s The Disappearing Girl, based on the girls telling their own stories, explores teen depression, and provides essential guidance for helping the girls we love.