I was recommended this by an adult in my school.
Hi, i am Alex and i am 12. I have been suffering from severe anxiety, and even the smallest inconveniences get me extremely anxious and I have been turning to self harm. ever since i got my hands on a razor i feel like i been experiencing horrible guilt of doing so, i been trying to stay off cutting. i feel so guilty because i started self harm on christmas, it just feels like “c’mon, why did you have to do that on christmas, your so stupid.” i do lots of negative self talk and i feel like I can’t do anything. i hate myself for it. especially because im just young, i feel like i messed up in life and i need to press a rewind button, but i lost the remote and now the metaphorical tv is useless.
- You are so brave for reaching out for help! Thank you So much writing to us here at TeenCentral! You have to come to the right place! We are full of resources that can help.
- You mentioned that an adult at school recommended you write in to TeenCentral, that is great news! Not everyone feels comfortable and safe talking to adults about this kind of stuff. Have you considered talking to another trusted adult? How about your parents/guardians or school guidance counselor? You may be surprised how helpful it is to have a face-to-face conversation with someone close to you.
- Consider talking with you parents/guardians about what is going on and asking about seeking help from a professional therapist. A therapist can help you search for the “why” behind this anxiety and self-injurious behavior and find ways to better cope.
- When you are feeling anxious and are having thoughts/urges to self-harm, consider reaching out to the Crisis Textline. They are available 24/7. Simply text “HOME” to 741741 and a counselor will respond right away. You can also visit the website at crisistextline.org for more guidance and resources.
- On the Tools from our website you will find many resources that can be very helpful for you. Some of these Tools include and activity sheet called Self Positive Talk, Support Plan, and Weekly Mood Tracker. These activities can help you identify your triggers and even some coping skills.
- From our website hover over the Learn tab, here you will find tons of information to better explain some of the things you may be feeling or experiencing. Such as Self Injury or Anxiety. While you are there, take some time to check out the Wellness tab. This section includes topics such as overall Wellness, the importance of Being Active, Nutrition, Relaxation, and Spirituality.
- It is important to remember, that even though at times you may feel alone and that no one can possibly understand you, that you are not alone and there are plenty of people out there (young and old) that have very similar experiences as you. Just head over to the What’s New or Stories sections from our website. Here you can scroll through or type topics in the search bar to read others Stories or Blogs/Articles about many different topics that teens write to us about.
- Please remember that you already took the first step (which is sometimes the hardest one) by reaching out for help from the adult from school and again by reaching out to us here at TeenCentral. YOU’VE GOT THIS! You ARE STRONG. You ARE BRAVE. And most of all…You WILL be OK. Good luck!