A: I’m so sorry that you have gone through such a difficult time, both physically and emotionally, but please don’t give up! I promise you that it will get better. You were at a difficult age when this happened and kids can be horribly mean and unsupportive of their peers. It may be difficult to believe now, but the older you get, the less this will matter. It sounds like this has been hard on both you and your mother, but like you said, it was an accident so please stop blaming yourself. I’m sure your mother is grateful everyday that you are still alive, and I hope that one day soon you will be too.
What you went through was traumatic and has affected your life greatly. That is why I think you should seek therapy to help you deal with it all. Talking to a professional who has training and experience in helping people through difficult life events will speed up your healing process and help you see hope in your future. Please talk to your mom soon (or your doctor or school counselor) about finding a therapist. You might benefit from a specific technique called EMDR and I’ve included the link so that you can find a trained therapist in your area. You’ve been through the worst of it already. Hang in there to see how wonderful life can be again.
All the best,
Dr. Holly Counts