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Relationships

Tips for Suicidal Thoughts

Posted by | Bullying, Feelings, Relationships, School, Suicide | One Comment
I have been dealing with depression for a very long time. I’ve been bullied by groups and individuals since I knew what bullying was. The bullying has mostly stopped this year, but the drama within my friend group is getting to the point where it’s kind of bullying, too. I have self-harmed and constantly have thoughts of self-harm, but I have managed to stay clean for a while, so that isn’t my largest concern at the moment.
I scare myself the amount I think about suicide. I tell myself that I would never commit suicide because of the effect it would leave on the people I care about, but I don’t always know if that’s true. I often think about how I would go through with it, but never when, where, or why.
I also deal with severe ADD/ADHD and bad social anxiety and panic attacks. I can never focus on my assignments or homework. I get nervous when in groups and have very bad panic attacks.¬†Any tips would be so very greatly appreciated. Thank you so much. ūüôā

How Do I Get Help for a Friend?

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I have a friend who is going through a really tough time at home. While I want to listen to her and support her, it can be too much for me sometimes. I’m the only person she really tells this stuff to, and she has told me multiple times that I’m the only person keeping her sane and alive. What should I do? Should I advise her to see a therapist, and if so, how could I do it without her thinking I don’t want to listen to her?

Growing Apart From a Friend

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I’ve recently realized that I don’t particularly like my friend.¬† She’s not a bad person, but I’ve started to realize that we don’t share a ton of things in common, she doesn’t seem to understand me, and she’s kind of annoying, like if I knock into her on accident, she’ll push me back hard, or she’ll just step on my feet or kick me.¬† I’ve told her to stop and that has worked but sometimes it still happens every now and then and it annoys me.¬† Also sometimes we just stare at each other awkwardly not knowing what to say as I desperately¬† try to think of a topic to talk about.¬† What I really want it to have a group of friends to hang out with, and although I have other friends, it doesn’t solve the problem.¬† We became friends shortly after I moved, mainly out of necessity, since I had nobody so I just clung on to whoever seemed friendly.¬† Another problem is that it’s the middle of the school year so it’s hard to make new friends.¬† How do I resolve my problem?¬† Should I just grit my teeth and wait it out until next year to make new friends?¬† Should I try to introduce my friend to some of my interests or take up some of hers?

Does He Still Like Me?

Posted by | Feelings, Relationships | One Comment

Well, there is this guy I like, and we started texting around the beginning of the school year, and eventually he told me he liked me and I told him I liked him.¬† So later we decided we should hang out after school with a few friends, but the entire time it was kind of just me and my friend blabbering on and on about nothing important.¬† ¬†Ever since then he’s hardly talked to me, and what I want to know is if he still likes me, or if he doesn’t anymore.¬† I’m just getting really stressed out about and I don’t know why, and I really like this guy so I’m just a little disappointed and confused.

Finding a New Friend Group

Posted by | Feelings, Relationships, School | One Comment

I recently left my old friend group because there was too much drama and backstabbing happening. This was during the summer so it didn’t matter a lot because it wasn’t happening in school. On the first day of school this year I bumped into someone I was friends with when we were younger. I asked if I could sit with her and her friends and they let me. They didn’t really talk to me but I was fine because I still had someone to sit with. Things have been getting worse though. They always leave me out of all their activities. When I sit with them at lunch they whisper about things together, ignoring me completely. When I ask what they are talking about they just give me a look that says how annoyed they are that I asked. I do have a bunch of great individual friends but they all have their own friend groups with people that don’t know me, and people that I have tried to hang out with and have acted “too cool for me.” I just want to find a friend group with people that will accept me for who I am and actually pay attention to me.

Depression and Friendships

Posted by | Bullying, Feelings, Relationships, School | One Comment

Hi,
I’ve been dealing with depression for 3 years and I had found a way around it but lately I couldn’t because I don’t fit in anymore. I stand out like that girl who can’t walk or talk. I don’t like labels.¬† I’ve been trying to think positive thoughts but I don’t have friends like I used to… people are moving their separate ways.

I may be graduating but I really want these friendships to last. I get picked on in some of my classes and I get these texts and snapchats that says go back home, you don’t belong here, you are just a stupid girl, and people making fun of me. When will it stop?¬† when will I ever feel safe at school again? Will I make it to graduation?

-18 yo teen

Struggling to Make Friends

Posted by | Family, Relationships, Uncategorized | One Comment

I’ve been struggling to make friends. I met this one friend that I care about, but my parents don’t want me to talk to him. I hate feeling stuck between a guy I like and my family. My whole life, people who I thought were my friends weren’t, and I need some help. I’ve had a bad past and need someone to call my friend.

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.

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