When I was born the doctors notice a ball of mass of my back with was cancerous which was weird because it’s more likely to be diagnosed in elderly people. Once I had my surgery I had thousands of ear infections so I had an ear surgery. Then my younger brother was born and he was diagnosed with Autism. I was a young child so I did not really care. Years later my family was a robbed, that same year 2020 my brother, dog, and I were in an explosion and it was the scariest thing of our life, to this day my brother hates being alone. A month later I had an eye surgery because I had exotropia. Now to this day I am in 6th grade with stress disorder, and depression.
REACH OUT FOR HELP:
- What you have been through both physically and emotionally must have been really tough. It took a lot of courage for you to reach out to TeenCentral to share your story. We are always here to listen.
- It is understandable that you may feel sad or overwhelmed sometimes with all the stressful things you have been through. Sometimes that sadness leads to depression. We encourage you to check out the “Depression” section on the website. The symptoms of depression can look very different depending on the person. Click here to read some more info. You may also find our depression workbook helpful. It can help you identify and manage some of your overwhelming emotions.
- These really scary things that have happened to you and your family are understandably upsetting. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about this stuff with someone who can help you cope with it. Try reaching out to a trusted adult in your life. Your family might be a good start, but also try reaching out to a counselor at school or a teacher. They might also be able to point you in the right direction to a therapist. TeenCentral is just the first step on your journey. It’s important to keep talking.
- Your physical health is super important. Since you have had some really serious health complications, it is always important to keep up with it. Simple things can help you feel better overall. Make sure you are drinking enough water and getting enough fruits and vegetables. I know this sounds silly, but when your body is nourished your mental health tends to get better.
- Also make sure you are doing things that make you happy. Chatting with friends, taking a walk, or being around your brother can help you better deal with some of those big emotions. Think of some activities that you can do every week that bring your some joy. Being around positive people will significantly change your mood for the better. Try it.