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Questions and responses submitted by local youth and couselors. You are not alone.


Dealing with Sleep Paralysis

Posted by | Feelings, Medical | One Comment


I’ve struggled with sleep paralysis (SP) for a long time. It happens frequently and multiple times a night. Most of my hallucinations involve being taken advantage of by an unknown figure or ripped apart by many unknowns figures. (They’re also blue.) Because if these images SP has become very unpleasent. I become scared of going to bed, but I know I need to sleep for my health. I was wondering if there were any treatments that would help prevent, stop, lessen the amount of times it happens, stop the hallucinations, etc?

Plus, when I enter an episode my heart beat becomes very, very rapid and my breathing stops. I’ve read that SP is physically harmless but when these things happen I fear death.

Please help, this battle is getting old.
Any advice would help.

Thank you.

Keeping Up Hope

Posted by | Family, Feelings | One Comment
Hi there,
I’ve been struggling with pretty deep depression for the past month or so. I had a good day today and finally felt a glimmer of hope. How do I keep this up? Are there things I can do that will help me feel hopeful again? If I were to talk to a counselor, but my parents didn’t want me to, is there anyone I can talk to?

My Friend Has An Eating Disorder

Posted by | Feelings, Relationships | One Comment

I have this friend who obviously has an eating disorder. She eats less than 800 calories a day and tracks calories and exercise. All she ever talks about is how fat she is and just needs to lose more weight. I am really worried about her but I have no idea what to do. She has told me before if I told anyone she would never talk to me again since I would just being another person breaking her trust. She really needs help and I just don’t know what to do.

Really Bad Panic Attacks

Posted by | Feelings | One Comment

Hi, lately I’ve been having really bad panic attacks. In the past week I had one so bad I was shaking and had to run to the bathroom because I thought I was going to puke. After that the rest of the day I was shaking. I’ve tried telling myself everything’s fine and taking deep breaths but it doesn’t help. Even as I write this I can feel a panic attack coming on. I don’t know what to do. My parents don’t know that I have panic attacks Thanks

Broken and Fragile

Posted by | Feelings, Suicide | One Comment

Hi, i’m a girl who is insecure. I cut myself and told a friend they told me to stop so I did. But then I started to have problems again so I started cutting. I liked this boy but he did not like me back he started to ignore me and avoided me. I then decided that I don’t like him any more. I started to have thoughts of suicide and was about to stab myself in the heart with a knife but something stopped me. My mom is so mean to me and I know she doesn’t love me so I try to block her out but it does not work. She is always pointing out my flaws and telling me that i’m not smart. One boy who is me “friend” hits me and I don’t do anything because I know if I hit back I wont be able to stop due to all the anger inside. I am planning to run away from home and leave all my problems behind but I don’t know were to go. I was thinking about overdosing on pills and I will once i’m done with 7th grade. Please help me because i’m broken,fragile and needs someone to listen.

Think Horribly of Myself

Posted by | Feelings | One Comment

To whoever may read this, I feel as if my life is slowly going downhill. Everything has changed, especially my friends. I feel as if they are ignoring me now. I feel really anti-social among my family and friends, but I don’t want to bother them with my problems. I have a friend who is going through some tough times, but I don’t know how to react. I don’t know what to do, I want to say something but I’m afraid that they just won’t talk to me or get angry. At times like this, I think of myself horribly, calling myself horrible names, and when people joke and sarcastically call me an idiot or something, I know they’re joking but part of me thinks that it’s true. I have trouble controlling my emotions where I could be feeling really angry one minute and crying the next. Is there something wrong with me? I really want to help people out but I can barely have a conversation. I’m sorry if this confused you, but I don’t know about anything anymore. Thank you for reading this.

No One To Talk To

Posted by | Feelings | One Comment

I have depression and I am doing pretty good most of the time, but tonight is one of those nights where I don’t do so hot. I have been thinking a lot about my best friend. I mean more than I normally do and I just wish I could go to him and talk to him or call him but I cant because he died almost 9 months ago and I’ve accepted the fact that he is gone but it just sucks is the best way to put it. My grandparents died last year around the same time and I am okay about that (not meaning I think them dying is okay I just can accept the fact their gone easier).

I don’t know it may be from the fact he was a few months older than me and I looked at him like my big brother… I still don’t know what to do. I don’t know, I guess I just want to know why this keeps happening. My mom thinks I’m faking it when ever I get upset because I want attention and my dad just doesn’t understand. I can assure you I don’t cry about it because I want attention, I do it because I’m still hurting inside and I don’t know what to do and I have no one to talk to. ​

So Many Dreams

Posted by | Feelings | One Comment

I really want to talk to you guys, but I’ve been so busy that I can never really find the time too. I am in high-school and high-school gives you a lot of homework and stuff and what do you do if you have so many dreams in life, but one person brings you down and you have a bunch of issues of your own to deal with that stops you from achieving your dreams. Like for example I am currently having severe grieving issues and I have two dreams of becoming a writer and an artist. What do I do? ​

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