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Mental Illness Poems | Examples of Mental Illness Poetry

Mental Illness Poems. Below are examples of poems about mental illness. This list of mental illness poems is composed of the works of modern international poet members of PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples of mental illness poetry. This list of works about mental illness is an excellent resource for examples on how to write mental illness poems.

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List of Mental Illness Poems

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PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories  
Back inside Alex Evans Blank verse mental illness, writing,
Premium Member Poem Child In Time arthur vaso Couplet mental illness, anti bullying, art, bullying,
Stress Choke Todd Aguilar Jr. Lyric angst, anxiety, mental illness,
Why Todd CULLHELP, question mark Word Owl Dramatic Monologue mental illness, america, dark, death, fairy,
Doors of Dachau Word Owl Dramatic Monologue mental illness, crazy, death, gothic, halloween,
BRAINSTORM Michael Robinson Free verse mental illness, care, caregiving, dedication, deep,
Premium Member Poem King Lear's Voice Gary Bateman Double Dactyl mental illness, allegory, betrayal, depression, emotions,
Bye Dylann Roof Word Owl I do not know? mental illness, allusion, america, fairy, farewell,
Tree Of Lives Word Owl Free verse mental illness, autumn, dark, death, halloween,
Restriction Nick Trim Rhyme depression, mental illness, sad,

Slip Away
by Janine Jacobs
Slip away
Fall out of sleep
Dream into wakefulness 
Try to avoid
That pain is real

Emotions don’t leave
But they’re never really there
It slumbers
It’s in the back of your...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: depression, mental illness, suicide,

The Soul in the Den
by Brandon Connor
Back in my hole in the back of the den
racking up souls with every heart that I spend

Laughing at those birdies floating far far away
half...

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Couplet | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, anxiety, beauty, depression, life,

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11:02 pm
by Lu Loo
My life hasn’t always been easy...
                   ...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: death, memory, mental illness,

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Brainstormy Weather
by Maureen McGreavy

It's not just the weather

The climate changed
That catastrophic event you can stick a pin in
Your heart
You thought you overcame
Seasons spinning on like nothing's wrong

And it's...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, weather,

Here Comes The Fall Again
by Poetic Flame

 A chilling breeze coming from the hillside
Heralding a cold and stark Autumn

A misty fog between the cliffs stretching wide
Makes me feel complete boredom

And the...

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Lyric | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: autumn, memorial, mental illness,

Parasites, These
by Rhona McFerran
Parasites, these
unremembered memories
unbidden guests
made themselves at home
within my breast

And suckled in silence
‘til lifeblood waned
vitality drained
only traces remain
of who I was

Now I have become
an ungracious host
shadowy...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, abuse, anxiety, emotions, feelings,

Brain Storm
by Rhona McFerran
A sudden frightening change swept through
my mind the moment I saw you
sunny mood turned overcast
unpleasant, foul gust from the past
surge of heat in atmosphere
squall of...

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Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, anxiety, betrayal, emotions, feelings,

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Brainstorm Colors
by CayCay Jennings

Waking, she inspects the color under her sweater
and sighs that vague orange is still wearing her.
Orange can’t be her friend until it reveals its core.
While...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, abuse, angst, betrayal, color,

Missing a Diagnosis
by colin mitchell williams
It’s in the outlaw of your eye
the alluring glint
of a romantic catastrophe
a petulant lip
of how you want to be amused
and you’re feeling so easily abused
the...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, anxiety, depression, fear, mental

Nothing New
by Patrick Doran
Feel this beating in my chest
why for once just let me rest.
 
Fear is back with a bang
followed by the usual gang.
 
Doubt turns up...

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I do not know? | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, anger, anxiety, depression, emotions,

DIRBUSSES DYRECTION
by Allan Terry
EVIL, MEAN AND
OTHERS
TO AGREE WITH HER
THEN SHE COULD 
MOVE ON
WITH HER AGENDA'S
CAMPAINGS TO
 CAUSE GRIEF TO THOSE
SHE FOUND LEES LIKE HER
AND THOSE CRUEL WAYS SHE
FOUND...

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Ballad | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, break up, business, drink,

Mantra No 1
by Stephen Stokes
woulda
coulda
shoulda

shoulda
woulda
coulda

coulda 
shoulda
woulda 

(repeat)

...

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Haiku | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, addiction, angst, anxiety, change,

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left field
by cs parker
140
Am I coming
Out of left field
When I tell you
What delusions
I think are real
...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: abuse, america, mental illness,

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Serious Mental Issues
by Jack Ellison
Let's all stand up and voice our disapproval
Of an incompetent leader and vote for his removal
Has serious mental issues
The dilemma continues
Won't rest easy till the...

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Limerick | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness,

Stephanie Dodds
by matthew harris
My never ending
     search for whatever
     this psychologically gout
riddled rhyme stir to
     write...

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Elegy | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, 7th grade, 8th grade,

A Letter to My Friends
by Oliver Pierce
A Letter to My Friends
I love you all
Always there for me
Through it all
But if only you all knew what was happening to me now
If only...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, anxiety, cry, depression, emotions,

I Am Fear
by Charlotte Mae
I am fear. 
I come for 
My nightly feeding. 
I see her sprawled
Out on the bed 
Already enmeshed in angst. 
She closes her eyes
in an...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, angst, anxiety, depression, fear,

I'm Losing My Mind so I Must Be in Love
by Keith Dovoric
Suddenly every voice is a tiny conspiracy
They’re swarming around us – I just know they’re out for blood
A love like ours invites all manner of...

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Lyric | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: love, mental illness, pain,

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Help give me strength
by Gordon Alexander
HELP me I'm struggling today
These thoughts won't go away
Help me I feel so sad
Am I really that bad a dad

Angry at the slightist of things
Losing...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, anger, dad, how i

PEDALLING ALONG
by Ann Gilmour
Pedalling along with the wind in your face
Taking it easy
No need to race
Relaxing 
Breathing in the fresh air
The feeling of freedom
Of being out there
For life...

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Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: mental illness, anxiety, encouraging, freedom, mental