I have been going through body issues ever since I was in grade 5, which has now in high school led to suicidal thoughts and me cutting myself. I sometimes think to maybe talk to my parents but they just laugh and are like you are a teenager this stuff happens they never actually listen to my issues. I am ugly and stupid my parents want me to be a social, happy girl who doesn’t want me to wear black. I have been like this for a long time crying everyday, cutting myself really hard. Every time I see a knife I want to kill my self. I can see the change in myself. My parents think of me as a loser, someone who can’t do anything. I myself want some help I want to go to a therapist. I have never in my life honestly been happy without any problems. My parents think of me as a joke!
I am sorry your parents aren’t giving you the attention and care you need. But this doesn’t mean that you can take care of these feelings. I am very glad you took the time to write.
Since you are a sophomore in high school the best place to begin is with your guidance counselor. Make an appointment with him or her. Typically counselors are very well trained and skilled in understanding the issues you are presenting, and he or she will be able to guide you toward getting some therapy. That includes helping your parents become aware of your needs.
I think you should be very proud of yourself for having the courage to reach out to us here. I encourage you to continue by making the connection with your counselor as soon as you can.
Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.
APA Reference Tomasulo, D. (2018). I need help. Psych Central.
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