The youngsters of Burnett County have submitted their responses to the prompts:

Ages 7-12: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

Ages 13- 18: Describe a mental disorder that affects teens.

If you missed your chance to get your writing submitted this month, there will be an opportunity every month with new prompts to follow. Here are the prompts for the month of December:

Ages 7-12: What would you do if you won the lottery? What would you do with the money?

Ages 13-18: Do you think the town you’ve grown up in has influenced the person you are? How?

Responses should be no more than 300 words and have to be submitted by Dec. 6. Please feel free to submit your article with a photo. Also remember to include your name, age and town you are from. Articles can be submitted a few different ways. You can drop them off at the Sentinel office, mail them to P.O. Box 397, Grantsburg, WI 54840, or send them via email to news@

Describe a mental disorder that affects teens – Ages 13- 18

A poem about anxiety – Waves of Burden

Abbee Johnson, Grantsburg High School

Intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Fast heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating and feeling tired may occur. That’s the definition of anxiety that over five million Americans, including myself, deal with every day.

I cannot say you’re the reason I hide my feelings because you are just a part of it. I lock my feelings up in a safe even I don’t have the key for.

Everyone wants you to open up to them, you’re supposed to tell them exactly how you feel even though you don’t know yourself. Then they realize that you’re way too much for them to handle. They will tell you they understand what you are feeling. Yet, in the night that you find there’s nothing to live for when anxiety unties your feelings and puts the rope back around your neck. You’re just there suffocating in the dark, they aren’t there to understand what you’re going through.

My mom says God will protect me, but where is God at night when anxiety is trying to pick the lock to my safe. My anxiety is the best locksmith I know. I often wonder if God simply doesn’t know what I’m going through… after all, drowning is silent.

Today as I look around at all these talented people, my anxiety is shredding my fingernails. Picking, twitching, touching everything. It’s not that I think I’ll do bad, it’s that my anxiety tells me everyone will do better, that if I do my very best, I still will not be good enough.

I’m tired. Tired of not having a quiet mind, tired of drowning from the loneliness. The fatigue from life is just so damn exhausting. Everyone tries to put anxiety in a metaphor because no one truly knows how to explain it. The best metaphor I’ve heard only explains one percent of what anxiety consists of. Anxiety is like a wave in the ocean- it has high waves and low waves, but it’s never completely still. For me, wishing for a drought is fatal.

Doctors, mothers, humans say all of this will go away with this tiny blue pill, with an ignorant smile, I believe them. But then I remember that I have anxiety.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Regan Belisle, Webster High School

Borderline Personality Disorder, better known as BPD, is a mental disorder that affects emotion. This disorder affects all ages, but it’s typically found in teens. BPD can intensify emotions and mood.

BPD has no cure as far as we know. Treatment for it is being conducted but it does not cure it, it only ‘calms’ it. One treatment is called ‘psychotherapy.’ With this, one learns to cope with their disorder. More specific names for therapy plans are DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Psychodynamic Therapy.

A medication one can use as a treatment plan is Topamax. It helps someone from lashing out with BPD.

Symptoms of BPD are self-hatred, boredom and feelings of emptiness, easily angered and substance abuse. People with BPD fear of being abandoned and they normally don’t trust people.

BPD is known to be hereditary. Though it’s not the main cause of receiving this disorder, it is one of the three. The other two are environmental causes (such as traumatic experiences) and how one’s brain functions (a neurological flaw in a part of the brain).

Related conditions are depression, anxiety disorders, and PTSD, all being a type of mental disorders.

BPD can last a lifetime. Once you have the disorder, you probably won’t grow out of it like you would with other health diseases.

When checking for BPD, lab testing such as blood draws are not needed. BPD is not necessarily in DNA. instead, you would speak to a psychiatrist, psychologist or social workers. During a session with one of these specialists listed, you will most likely be asked a series of questions consisting of emotional regulation, anger management, fear of abandonment and boredom, everything listed in symptoms. Your answers will affect the outcome of whether or not you have Borderline Personality Disorder.

What do you want to be when you grow

up and why? – Ages 7-12:

Anneliese Snyder, 10, Grantsburg Middle School

When I grow up, I want to be a special education teacher. I plan to work in the town I grew up in because I have liked helping my friend, which I hope to always grow up with. I want to be a teacher because I have a big enough heart to help children with special needs. I feel that doing this job will help the children succeed in school and give them the love and kindness that they need. Being a special education teacher has been something I always looked for doing as a job.

Adalyn Snyder, Age 8, Grantsburg Elementary School

What I want to be when I grow up is a school counselor because I want to help kids to feel good and safe in school. I am inspired by Ms. Caitlin because she makes me feel good at school and safe in school. I want to make kids know that I am there for them in any way they may need. If kids need a break, they can take one in my room. I plan to involve parents in my work to see if the parents want me to check in on their children because they might be in a rough time. There will be notes at my door if any student needs to talk to me and I will make sure to talk to them. This is why I want to be a school counselor.