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Natick woman makes strides against depression’s stigma

WALKING FOR AWARENESS: Last April, Elizabeth Audley of Natick made a donation in honor of a friend participating in Strides Against Stigma to raise awareness of depressive disorders. For this year’s event, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Boston University’s Nickerson Field, she is part of the fund-raising team.

Audley was only 6 years old when she was diagnosed with depression, shortly after her parents divorced, and she still is battling dysthymia disorder — a mild yet chronic form of depression that can persist for decades. However, she is walking in honor of her 11-year-old daughter, Lauren, whom Audley praises for maturity beyond her years in dealing with her own episodes of severe depression.

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