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“The depression felt like I no longer wanted to play basketball,” mental health motivational speaker Tony Hoffman told Wapakoneta High School students Wednesday. 

As a youth, Hoffman chose to withdraw and spend time alone, causing him to be depressed. Compounding that problem was the social anxiety that comes with becoming a teen during his middle school years. He said that his emotions were like soda in a can: when shaken, pressure builds. That is when he started to harbor thoughts of self-harm. 

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