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Allie Martin, 17, of Greeley, Colo. has spent years receiving treatment for depression—often at significant expense to her mother. (Names in this story have been changed to ensure privacy.) Photos by Eli Imadali / Special to The Colorado Trust

For much of childhood, Allie Martin was a happy kid—positive, extroverted, always wanting to help people. But around 2019, when Allie was in eighth grade at a school in Greeley, Colo., that shifted. 

“Her personality went just a little bit dark,” recalled Allie’s mom, Melissa. (Both names have been changed to protect Allie’s privacy.) Allie started isolating herself. She didn’t want to be hugged, and she stopped showering regularly, according to Melissa.

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